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Agents of Their Own Success: Self-Advocacy Skills and Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities in the Era of Personalized Learning

Event Details

June 5, 2018


Agents of Their Own Success:
Self-Advocacy Skills and Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities in the Era of Personalized Learning

Mimi Corcoran, President and CEO, NCLD
Amanda Fitzgerald, Director of Public Policy, American School Counselor Association
Joey Hunziker, Program Manager, Innovation Lab Network, CCSSO
Lindsay Jones, Vice President, Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer, NCLD
Will Marsh, Graduate, St. Joseph’s University
Winsome Waite, Vice President of Policy to Practice, Alliance for Excellent Education


Ace Parsi
, Personalized Learning Partnership Manager, NCLD

On June 05, 2018, The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and the Alliance for Excellent Education held a Webinar about how personalized learning can provide students greater voice and choice in their learning, including opportunities to advocate for how, where, and when they learn best. This emphasis on student agency, self-awareness, and self-advocacy is important for all students, but especially for students with disabilities who will have to more proactively advocate for their needs in higher education, the workforce, and community life. The challenge is that self-advocacy skills and self-determination must be learned; they are not innate. Simply utilizing personalized learning does not ensure that all students will develop these abilities.

During the briefing, a group of distinguished panelists offered actions that students, parents, community members, educators, and policymakers can take to ensure self-advocacy and self-determination are integrated into personalized learning systems.

Panelists addressed questions from the live and online audiences.

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Please direct questions concerning the webinar to Ace Parsi at If you are unable to watch the webinar live, the event will be recast on on June 11 at 12:00 p.m. (ET), and the video will be archived on this page as well.

This webinar is brought to you by NCLD and the Alliance for Excellent Education with support generously provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NCLD is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

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 The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.

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