Self-Advocacy in Action

(120 minutes)

Students must develop the ability to advocate for their needs. The understanding and effective use of advocacy skills is not achieved through general education academic instruction. It requires specific instruction by someone familiar with the impact of hearing loss on access and communication. Skill development differs according to the student’s age, the amount of prior instruction, and the ability to analyze different situations and advocate appropriately. This session will provide a framework
for instruction, ways to measure progress, and support students at all levels.

Learning Objectives: 

The participant will be able to:

1) Have tools to develop advocacy skills from preschool through the end of high school.

2) Be able to write goals that are aligned to common core addressing advocacy and disclosure.

3) Have tools to teach, monitor and measure a student’s level of advocacy at all levels.


Gail Wright


Gail Wright earned her BS DHH teaching degree, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Administration and Supervision Certificate. She earned a certificate in Auditory and Spoken Language for the Young Child. Gail has worked in a self-contained program for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, as DHH Program Administrator - but her first love is as an Itinerant Teacher, teaching all ages and a variety of subjects. She is currently serving students in two high schools and working in the Transition Program. Gail is the author of the Monkey Talk and Hear It, Fix It games and is co-author of Building Skills for Independence in the Mainstream with Karen Anderson.




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