2013 WATG Teen Conference
What is Self-Advocacy?
It’s the process of recognizing and meeting the needs specific to your own learning ability without compromising the dignity of yourself or others.
The typical teen desire for less dependence on adults makes it important for gifted kids to take charge of their own education. Sometimes, however, their naive attempts are less than effective. Adults can help them learn to better communicate, negotiate and assert their own rights, needs and interests.
Student participants will:
● Network with like-ability peers, developing their learner profiles by assessing their abilities and interests, strengths and weaknesses, learning styles and habits
● Discover effective ways to advocate for their own needs, understanding their rights and responsibilities, determining available options and opportunities
● Create action plans for self-advocacy, connecting with advocates who can provide continuing support for their on-going efforts
Adult participants will:
● Connect with individual students; helping them to work with and within the current educational system; networking with other advocates
● Understand the aspects of self-advocacy; identifying options currently available in their own school/district
● Discover effective ways to help gifted teens advocate for their own needs; learning ways to encourage self-advocacy in their own districts
Martha Barlow, Waunakee Public Schools GT Coordinator (retired);
Lorie Raihala, WATG Board member and parent;
Cathy Schmit, GT Coordinator, Tomahawk Public Schools
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Online registration is now open!