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.
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