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Empower Students and Families

Students with learning and attention issues are most successful when they are active and confident self-advocates with a strong support network. Developing school and community-based programs that provide students and young adults with learning and attention issues more opportunities to develop these essential skills will contribute greatly to social and emotional well-being, academic success and career readiness. Pre-K–12 education must prepare students with learning and attention issues to be successful in their education and career-ready.

  1. Prepare students for a successful transition to postsecondary education and employment. The transition from high school to postsecondary education or employment can be very challenging for students with learning and attention issues, as the supports and services they were entitled to under IDEA will not be provided automatically and might not be available. Therefore, long before this transition occurs, our education system must ensure access to meaningful opportunities that will prepare students for success beyond school. The transition process must also ensure continuity of services and supports across the several programs that serve young adults.
  2. Focus on social and emotional learning (SEL). Strong social-emotional skills can be an asset to students with learning and attention issues as they navigate through school, employment and life. Many students with learning and attention issues also struggle with social, emotional and behavioral challenges, and it is important to address these alongside academic needs. However, unique implications for students with learning and attention issues arise in the context of social and emotional learning programs. Educators must take the time to guide students with learning and attention issues—who may struggle with impulsivity or decision-making—through the process of self-reflection and help them build these critical skills.

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