Students with Disabilities: The Disconnect between Self Advocacy and Social Justice Practices of Teachers

Leigh Gruber, Barbara Nell Martin


This paper explored the perceptions of special education staff and college students with disabilities about self-advocacy instruction through the lens of social justice. Investigated were three public schools and one community college. Data revealed differing perceptions between educators and students regarding the level of self-advocacy instruction that students with disabilities received. The implications for this research and practice include that high school personnel understands and implements principles of social justice to teach students with disabilities to have self-advocacy skills.

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