Interest-based technical assistance is available to help your CAC with...
- promoting and enhancing student participation, self-determination, in their education
- providing access to individuals of diverse disabilities and diverse cultures
- providing support for a community-based LEAD program
- emphasizing student knowledge of ADA, Section 504, and transition for improved postsecondary outcomes
- emphasizing student knowledge of IDEA and Section 504 for improved educational outcomes
- creating avenues for increased student involvement in CAC
Section 504 Online
The Advocacy and Learning Center
Learning Disabilities Collaborative Action Network (LDCAN)
The July 2003 GAO report to Congress states that students need self-advocacy training to improve Transition outcomes. Youth
with disabilities reported problems obtaining knowledge about their rights under laws like IDEA and the ADA and identifying
and learning how to ask for specific accommodations needed to succeed in school and the workplace. Research shows that youth
who obtain self-determination and self-advocacy skills are more likely to achieve positive education and employment outcomes.
Primary obstacles to self-advocacy are lack of leadership skills, lack of experience, and lack of school and community
support. Lack of school support persists in light of the 1997 Amendments to IDEA with its emphasis on Transition. Of all
IDEA youth who left high school during the 2000-01 school year, 57% received a standard high school diploma, an additional
11% received an alternative credential. It is left up to parents, advocates, and programs such as LEAD to respond with educational
opportunities to develop self-advocacy skills.
Be a parent leader in your community and empower other parents by starting a LEAD program.