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Determination

Practical Strategies for Developing Self-Determination Skills 1

Review graduation requirements and diploma options.

Obtain the brochure, The Florida Sunshine State Standards and Students with Disabilities: What parents need to know, Product #ESE 10487A, available from the Florida Department of Education Clearinghouse Information Center and review the information with your parents, teachers or others who might be able to help you.

Obtain Diploma Decisions for Students with Disabilities: What parents need to know, Product #ESE 10521, and review the information with your parents, teachers, or others who might be able to help you.

Obtain information on your school district's graduation requirements and discuss the requirements with your parents, teachers, or others who might be able to help you.

Find out what diploma options your school district offers. Discuss the diploma options and post-school outcomes.

Contact your guidance office for scholarship information.

Review scholarship requirements and status annually to make certain required courses are completed and tests such as the ACT/SAT are taken and passed.

Provide opportunities for your son or daughter to learn about his or her disability.

Help your son or daughter identify other successful people with disabilities.

Encourage your son or daughter to discuss his or her disability.

Share information with your son or daughter on how other people with similar disabilities have been able to get good jobs, go on to college or a vocational program, live on their own:

  • getting help from others,
  • using pictorial charts,
  • using note takers,
  • using assistive technology.

 


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