Advocating is critical in order to help students with learning disabilites succed. However, this is an area that many parents and students feel frustrated. Do you know what you are entitled to? Do you know how to advocate effectively and efficiently? In this epsiode we discuss important accespts in advocacy in order to Navigate You To Success
Show notes: Episode Five Naivating You To Success
Advocating for a student with a learning disability can feel like a battle. At times it may be an easy fight or a tought battle. Regardless, never give up because every student has the right to an equal and equitable education. This notion is support by the Canadian Charter of Human Rights.
EDUCATION - Go beyong the medical defintion and truly understand what a learning disability means in regards to you (or your child). Learning disability, varies from each individual and knowing a specific individuals need and stregnths is the first step in advocating effectively. The purpose of the medical definition is to provide clairy, but it DOES not define a person.
- There are no cures of LD, only invervention.
- Education on LD is important to end stigma and stop judgement
There is a level of awareness (self awareness) for the individual as well.
- Understanding your strenghts and challenges helps to narrow down what resources and support will be needed.
- Benefits in making future plans i.e. transition planning for higher education
Because it is written on paper does not always mean you will get it!
In Canada, theCanadian Charter of Human Rights section 15, is the foundation to ensure equality to all individuals prohibiting discrimination. At provincial, municipal, and private spaces laws, polcies and guidelines are set based on section 15 of the charter.
- K-12 the Ministry of Education enforece the policies and guidelines that indicate the process for student with a learning disability ( or any other exceptionality) to receive support in schools
- The process and terminology will vary from province to province
- Post-Secondary and the work for are to obied by Canadian Human rights to ensure individual with exceptionalities.
- Two important documents: Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Program Plan (IPP) and formal diagnosis from docotor. (not any doctor listen to Episode 1 & Episode 2 for more info)
TIME & MONEY - the most common barriers. Its either money, not enough time or both. Be proactive as much as possible.
Waiting list for students to get tested is a 3yr wait. Putting these students at risk of falling behind or not setting the foundation for higher knowledge.
Depending on medical insurance provide, in some cases a pyschoeducational assesment can be covered. If parents have medical benefits.
Governemnet grants and bursaries can all assist with the fees for testing for post-secondary students.
Make use of the digital age and use technology to help support learning challenges. It is important to understand that technology is a tool and students should still practice on strengthening their skills.