Self-advocacy is a crucial skill for students with learning disabilities because it allows them to have a say in decisions about and the direction of their own eduction.
The first STRIVE symposium on Wednesday, April 25th will seek to enhance the ability of hundreds of GECDSB Grade 7, 8, & 9 students to communicate their needs appropriately and to know more about themselves as learners. Staff and parents will also participate in this full day of meaningful activities to improve their understanding of what students with learning disabilities need and how to enable and support them.
STRIVE will begin with a keynote address from singer, actress and motivational speaker Lesely Andrew (pictured, right). Participants will spend the rest of their day in fun and empowering workshops sessions about technology, personal well-being, pathways and self-advocacy. They will also enjoy a tradeshow-style convention featuring displays and presentations from community agencies and organizations.
Even lunch will be an adventure as participants will get to pick their favourites from a variety of food trucks that will be stationed outside the arena.
Prior to the event students are involved in an engaging assignment to create their own self-advocacy snapshot which will detail who they are as a learner and what their strengths are in advocating for themselves.