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1. Self-advocacy and other factors that help students stay in college can be taught, practiced and supported.

More students with learning and attention issues than ever before are going to college. But far too often, these students don’t complete their programs of study. Students with learning and attention issues are most successful when they are active self-advocates with a strong network of supporters who believe they can succeed. Developing school- and community-based programs that provide more opportunities to work on self-advocacy skills—and the confidence to use them—will contribute greatly to social and emotional well-being, academic success and career readiness.

Self-advocacy is particularly important for students with learning and attention issues. These students will need accommodations throughout their schooling and in the workforce. To ask for and receive accommodations, these young adults must not only understand their needs but also be able to explain them to others.

Accommodations play a key role in self-regulation, which in turn helps fuel students’ persistence. As noted in a 2012 report by the National Research Council, “Students who are self-regulating—who set goals, make plans for reaching their goals, and then monitor and regulate their cognitions and behavior—are more likely to do well on academic tasks.”25