SPECIAL EDUCATION YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE) and the State Education Resource Center (SERC) are pleased to announce the 5th year of our Special Education Youth Advisory Council, which is designed to increase student involvement in the special education process and to help students develop strong, effective leadership skills in order to make positive changes in their school and community.
The purpose of the Special Education Youth Advisory Council is to:
1. Create a structure in which students with disabilities (middle and high school) can share their special education experiences and increase their capacity to make informed decisions regarding their educational programming;
2. Increase public awareness of the valuable role that student voice and increased student independence, can play in the lives of students, families, and communities; and
3. Inform the Special Education Division Director on issues that are important to students receiving
special education services.
This Special Education Youth Advisory Council is designed to reach students who may not typically have an opportunity to share their voice. We look forward to working with district/school-based partners to ensure that the group represents diverse student perspectives.
SCOPE OF PROGRAM
Back to School Celebration for Students
Why Not You! Featuring: Jordan Toma
Date: October 14, 2021
Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
This virtual back-to-school celebration is specifically for students across the state who have an IEP. Jordan Toma, the speaker for the day, started an organization called I’m Just a Kid with an IEP. Jordan has a strong and inspiring message for students with disabilities. His story is geared toward middle and high school students and their parents and teachers. Jordan’s life has been a rollercoaster with his "Learning Disability" as it controlled his confidence and impacted his outlook on life for the first 18 years. He let it define him; it became a permanent label stuck to his shirt every day. He shares his college experiences that helped him begin to see himself in a new light. It led him to share that, "If you change the way you see yourself, I promise you’ll change the way you see the world. I’ll always just be a kid with an IEP and proud of it! It’s your turn! His objective is to create the foundations of the belief, the confidence, the work ethic and everything that you need to become the best you can be now and not let anything ever get in your way. "I needed who I am now, to walk into my school when I was younger," Jordan says. "And now I will be that person for someone else."
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