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ERIC Number: EJ1018884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Fostering Skills in Self-Advocacy: A Key to Access in School and Beyond
Luckner, John L.; Becker, Sharon J.
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v14 p34-38 2013
Self-advocacy occurs when deaf or hard of hearing individuals explain to hearing teachers, classmates, bosses, and officemates the nature of their hearing loss, their language skills, and the accommodations they require in order to effectively do their work, participate in conversations, and get involved in other activities. Self-advocacy may be especially important for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and attend schools with predominantly hearing peers and teachers. Similarly, it may be critical for deaf and hard of hearing adults who work with hearing coworkers. Self-advocacy may be like learning arithmetic; the skills for it may not come easily to some people. Therefore, self-advocacy should be taught while students are in school, giving them multiple opportunities to understand and practice their skills prior to entering postsecondary education and the world of work. This article discusses what self advocacy is and how to teach it.
Descriptors: Deafness, Language Skills, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Student Rights, Individualized Education Programs, Role Playing, Self Advocacy, Hearing Impairments, Knowledge Level, Drills (Practice), Skill Development
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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