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.
Table of Contents:
Famous People Matching
Self-Advocacy: Words You Need to Know
How to Self-Advocate Reading
How to Self-Advocate Questions
What do you know about yourself and your disability?
Defining Your Disability (Self)
Defining Your Disability (Adult)
Common School Accomm/Examples of Reasonable Workplace Accom. (Resource)
Disability Laws (Resource)
NOTES: “IDEA vs. ADA”
Disability Laws Questions
What is Disclosure? Reading
What is Disclosure? Questions
Real Examples of Disclosure (Resource)
“Should I disclose?” Advantages and Disadvantages (Resource)
Disclosure Points in the Job Process (Resource)
Weighing the Advantages/Disadvantages of Disclosure
NOTES: “How to Request Accommodations at Work”
How to Request Accommodations at Work Reading/Questions
How to Request Accommodations Sample Scripts (Resource)
My Own Request for Accommodations
How to Request Accommodations at College Reading
How to Request Accommodations at College Questions
Also see the FREE accompanying Google Slides lecture presentation here
"What I Wish I'd Learned in School"