Supporting Student Storytelling as a Form of Advocacy for Inclusive Postsecondary Education
College students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have been involved in advocacy efforts to promote inclusive postsecondary education. These efforts include informing legislators, higher education personnel, school administrators, and IEP team members, as well as parents and prospective students, that inclusive postsecondary education is not only possible but an effective transition services model.
This brief outlines recommendations to increase opportunities for students with IDD to engage in advocacy efforts for inclusive postsecondary education. These include:
- Recognizing advocacy opportunities
- Supporting presenters’ preparations
- Choosing a presentation format
- Rehearsing effectively
- Getting started with storytelling
- Developing student-directed stories
Hanson, T. & Paiewonsky, M. (2020). Supporting Student Storytelling: Advocacy for Inclusive Postsecondary Education. Think College Insight Brief, Issue No. 48. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.