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ERIC Number: EJ967112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
Dare to Dream: Leadership Conferences for Students with Disabilities
Amerman, Tracy; Carr-Jones, Janmarie
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v2 n6 Article 1 Jul 2006
As a statewide initiative, New Jersey has been hosting teen leadership conferences for students with disabilities. The focus of the conferences is to address skills necessary to be successful in school and for transition to life after high school. The conferences are held throughout New Jersey at universities and colleges. Students with disabilities present keynotes speeches, read poetry, and facilitate workshops for other students like themselves. The benefits of these conferences for the thousands who have attended are innumerable. The teen leaders leave with confidence and a feeling of accomplishment. The attendees leave with valuable information, enhanced self awareness, advocacy skills, and a feeling of belonging. Teachers, parents, child study team members, supervisors, and other school chaperones leave with increased pride and knowledge of their students. This article details the history, constituents, preparation, activities, and outcomes and benefits of the conference initiative. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey