The ability to understand and communicate what you need is a skill that we all need. It's especially important for students to learn this skill as their lives are changing and they need to be able to help themselves through it. It is also important that they are aware of their rights as students with disabilities.
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I use this workbook in a mini unit when we are discussing self-advocacy in the workplace. It serves as a way to prepare students for the process of asking for workplace accommodations, should they choose to make this decision. It starts off with a fun opener about famous people with disabilities, then prompts the students to think about their understanding of a disability and also what their strengths are. Then we review the vocabulary and the laws surrounding workplace accommodations. Lastly, this workbook includes scaffolding and a template for asking for workplace accommodations, and students craft a formal letter for practice.
0 - How to Self-Advocate Distance Learning Unit (Print)
0 - How to Self-Advocate Distance Learning Unit (Individual Google Docs files for posting on Google Classroom)
0 - How to Self-Advocate Unit with Teacher Talking Points
1 - Famous People Matching
2 - Self-Advocacy: Words You Need to Know
3 - How to Self-Advocate Reading/Questions
4 - What do you know about yourself and your disability? Survey
5 - Defining Your Disability (Self)
6 - Defining Your Disability (Trusted 7 - Adult)
7 - Self-Advocacy Checklist
8 - Disability Laws Reading/Questions
9 - What is Disclosure? Reading/Questions
10 - Should I Disclose? Reading/Questions
11 - Disclosure Points in the Job Process Reading/Questions
12 - Weighing the Advantages/Disadvantages of Disclosure
13 - How to Request Accommodations at Work Reading/Questions
14 - How to Write My Own Request for Accommodations
15 - Write My Own Request for Accommodations
16 - How to Request Accommodations at College Reading/Questions
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