My Life, My Goals, My Future
Elevating the Student Self-Advocate Voice and Fostering Self-Determination in the Youth-to-Adulthood Transition Process to Employment
The third in our three-part webinar series, “My Life, My Goals, My Future: Elevating the Student Self-Advocate Voice and Fostering Self-Determination in the Youth-to-Adulthood Transition Process to Employment”, was hosted on Wednesday, April 28th 2021.
All too often, efforts to improve education, service delivery, and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities fail to empower the individuals themselves to play a key role in improving their own lives. This webinar will address this and offer valuable takeaways to help elevate the student voice. Practical strategies that promote self-determination will be shared, with a particular focus on competence, relatedness, and autonomy. Everyday opportunities to strengthen choice-making and goal-setting will be discussed. Featured will be a “Learning Lab” model that brings self-advocates together and positions them as key decision-makers. Finally, self-advocates will share their employment experiences and offer tips to better engage individuals through the employment process.
Session Participants were be able to:
- Increase knowledge of effective interagency practices and resources.
- Gain knowledge of virtual and distance learning cross-system collaboration strategies, resources, and activities for students to achieve successful postsecondary outcomes.
- Discuss potential state and national resources to support families and transition-age students, including students with complex needs.
Dr. John McNaught
Co-Director - Virginia Department of Education’s Training & TA Center
Dr. John McNaught is the Co-Director of the Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at James Madison University where he focuses on behavior, transition, and self-determination. Dr. McNaught will explore the research to practice gap specific to fostering self-determination in students with disabilities by examining the relationship between Self-Determination Theory, implementing interventions with fidelity, and generalizing the self-determined behaviors across different environments.
TA Liaison - Vocational Rehabilitation Youth TA Center
Karin Grandin is currently serving as a technical assistance liaison for the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC). Karin will provide participants detailed information about a Learning Lab model that IEL has tested and validated that brings youth with significant disabilities and families together to focus on improving the self-advocacy and self-determination skills of the participants and create a vehicle for them to exercise their voice regarding their goals, dreams, and future pursuits.
In addition to these two speakers, participants will hear directly from a panel of self-advocates, who will describe the positive - and negative - of their transition from youth to adulthood and employment. The self-advocates will also provide tips on how to effectively support youth and young adults in the pursuit of a career.