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It’s Their Future: Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy . Linda Ciancio -Brown Parent Leader and Parent of an I’m Determined Youth Leader Nancy Anderson Region 4 I’m Determined Coordinator . Choice-making Decision-making Problem-solving Goal-setting & attainment Internal focus of control

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it s their future self awareness and self advocacy
It’s Their Future:Self-Awarenessand Self-Advocacy

Linda Ciancio-Brown Parent Leader andParent of an I’m Determined Youth LeaderNancy AndersonRegion 4I’m Determined Coordinator

core components of self determination combination of skills knowledge beliefs
Choice-making

Decision-making

Problem-solving

Goal-setting & attainment

Internal focus of control

Positive attributes of efficacy and outcomes expectancy

Self-Observation

Self-Evaluation

Self-Reinforcement

Self-Instruction

Self-Advocacy & Leadership

Self-Awareness

Self-Knowledge

Core Components of Self-Determination(combination of skills, knowledge & beliefs)
to your child self determination means
To your child-Self-determination means…
  • Knowing and believing in herself/himself
  • Knowing what she/he wants her/his future to look like and how to plan for that future
  • Knowing the supports she/he will need to take control of her/his life
your child will need self determination skills
Your child will need self-determination skills…
  • To advocate for her/his rights and needs.
  • To be able to explain to others what he/she needs to be successful on the job, in college or training environments, and when living independently.
parents did you know
Parents:Did you know…
  • Students who incorporate self-determination goals into their IEP’s and transition plans are more likely to earn higher incomes one year after graduation.
  • Incorporating choice-making opportunities into behavior support plans improves behavior outcomes.
  • Instruction in problem-solving skills can lead to improved employment outcomes.

(Wehmeyer, 2004; Shogren, Faggella-Luby, Bae & Wehmeyer, 2004; O’Reilly, Lancioni & O’Kane, 2000)

what can you parent do to encourage self awareness self advocacy behavior in your child
What can YOU(Parent) do to encourage self-awareness/self-advocacy behavior in your child?

Increase Disability and ABILITY awareness in your youth

Parents:

Have you talked to your child about his/her disability? What it is all about?

Have you explained his/her IEP?

your child s involvement in the iep
Builds self-advocacy skills and self-esteem

Gives your child some control over their education

Builds important social and conversational skills;

Teaches the processes of decision-making, goal setting and achievement

Your child’s involvement in the IEP
hello to all
HELLO TO ALL

My name is Zachary Brown

I want you to know:

  • I am honored to be a Leader with The I’m Determined project
  • I live in Hopewell, Virginia with my mother
  • My girlfriend is Caroline, we met at I’m Determined
  • I have a close relationship /support with my sister Courtney & mom
  • My dad passed away when I was four years old

MY DREAMS

  • Be a good student/citizen
  • Work with and teach young children
  • Be more independent
  • Have self-determination
  • Be a successful swimmer
  • Have fun with friends
  • Always be close to God
  • To manage in times of trouble
  • To be tall as my dad
5 tools strategies to help develop self determination
5 Tools/Strategies to help develop Self- Determination
  • One Pagers
  • Good Day Plan
  • Goal Setting & Attainment
  • Supplemental Worksheets (Rubrics, Articles, All About Me Guide)
  • Student led conferences/IEPS
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Name:

Date:

  • My Strengths
  • My Interests
  • My Preferences
  • My Needs
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Name: Zachary Brown

Date: March 2011

  • My Strengths
  • My Interests
  • Organized
  • Patient
  • Working with children
  • Track
  • Swimming
  • Football Manager
  • Music
  • Video games
  • Fun with friends
  • Pray with others
  • Teaching children
  • My Needs
  • My Preferences
  • Working with a partner
  • Visual and hands-on activities
  • Rewrite notes before tests
  • Extended time with all of my work
  • Short, concise directions
  • Study guides
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I Like To

  • Accommodations that Work

Verbal Praise

Recycling

Delivering the Paper

Augmentative

Communication System

Stocking at Wal-Mart

Shopping

Joe Marks

  • In the Future I Want To

Attend Senior Breakfast

Attend Homecoming

Parade

Graduate at the Siegel

Center

Attend Prom

Attend Senior Picnic

what is missing from these tools
What is missing from these tools?
  • Parents: What do you notice about the One Pager? What are we not asking of the student?

What is your Disability? Identify your Disability.

linda my prayers and dreams for zach
LINDAMY PRAYERS and DREAMS FOR ZACH
  • To adapt to any environment regardless of his disability
  • Happiness
  • Confidence
  • Success
  • Opportunity
  • Good Friends/special young lady
  • Continue to have a close relationship w/ his sister Courtney
  • Independence
  • To always look to God
  • To have protection and favor in his life
parent benefits
Parent Benefits
  • Positive relationships with student & parent.
  • IEP meeting centered on student needs
  • The IEP process makes sense to everybody involved . . . “It’s not just paperwork anymore”
zach how the i m d e t e r m i n e d project helped me to reach my goals
ZACHHOW the i’mdetermined project helped me to reach my GOALS?
  • Determine my goals
  • Think about what I want to know and how to reach it
  • Make a plan
  • Deal with roadblocks
  • List accomplishments
  • GO FOR IT
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LINDAHow has the i’mdetermined project helped me to support Zach Self-Advocacy and Self-Awareness Skills ?
  • As a parent, the i’mdetermined project has helped me to support Zach by providing both of us opportunities throughi’mdetermined Youth/Parent Summits……
  • Most Important *the testimonies shared by the i’mdetermined youth
  • Tools/Workshops
  • Encouragement
  • Resource/Community Agencies
  • Networking
  • Fellowship/meet with families that have a youth with a disability
  • Support
way to go zachary
Way To Go Zachary!!

His Future, His Way…

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child…

Zachary advocated for himself. He learned about himself . Mom, sister, girlfriend, teachers, all were there for him.. but he lead the way…

He ‘s very successful!

What’s Next for Zachary?

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