During primary and elementary school, students with diagnosed learning disabilities are legally required to receive academic support through an IEP (individual education program), which includes comprehensive planning for the next phase in their lives after high school, be that a two or four year college, vocational school, employment, or some other role in the community. After high school, the mandated support services and individual attention they are accustomed to receiving is no longer automatically and systematically provided. Without sufficient advance preparation--knowing what to expect, knowing their legal rights, knowing how and where to seek support services at college, knowing how to manage their time and stress, and most importantly, knowing how to self-advocate-- students with learning disabilities are likely to feel overwhelmed and under-supported in college. This does not have to be the case.
Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities offers high school students guidance, proactive strategies, planning advice, and other critical information they need to make the transition to college smooth and successful. Students who begin using this book in high school will find it to be a useful resource throughout college. The book is also an indispensible resource for these students' guidance counselors, special education teachers, and parents.
Students already in college will also benefit from the book, even if they did not use it in high school, because two -thirds of it is devoted to utilizing self-advocacy skills in college and beyond. The breakdown is as follows:
In each chapter, author Henry Reiff, PhD, a professor of special education and dean of academic life at McDaniel College, provides a list of "Tips for Students," "Tips for Parents," and "Tips for Guidance Counselors."
Among the reproducible forms provided are:
The author also discusses the importance of a whole-college experience, in which students are actively engaged in student life as well as academics, and he recommends strategies, tips, and cautionary warnings to help students achieve a healthy school/life (academics/social life) balance.