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ERIC Number: EJ811160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1030-0112
Advancing the Curriculum for Young People Who Have an Intellectual Disability. Advocacy in Health: A Pilot Study
Carrington, Suzanne; Lennox, Nick
Australasian Journal of Special Education, v32 n2 p177-186 Sep 2008
This article reports on the pilot work for a collaborative National Health and Medical Research Council project in Australia involving education and health professionals to improve the health and well-being of young people who have an intellectual disability. The pilot study was a qualitative exploration of teacher experiences using a health diary as part of the special education curriculum over a six-month period. The research questions were: (1) How did teachers include health-related matters in the curriculum before use of the "Ask Health Diary?"; and (2) How did teachers and students use the "Ask Health Diary" as a component of the school curriculum and what were the benefits? The "Ask Health Diary" was used to introduce students to the concept of self-advocacy in relation to their health needs and provide practical strategies for supporting students' learning about self-advocacy in relation to their health. The reported data indicates that the "Ask Health Diary" was a popular resource for students and teachers and raised awareness of the importance of developing the communication skills and independent living abilities necessary for young people to advocate for their own health needs. The pilot study indicates that there is merit in including the diary in a health-based school curriculum for adolescents who have an intellectual disability. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia