Learning Disabilities – Advocacy & awareness

Advocacy in action: the fourth book of speaking up: a plain text guide to advocacy.
John Tufail & Kate Lyon. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.
»This fourth book in the series on self-advocacy looks at problems that can occur in an advocacy partnership, such as dependency on the advocate or conflict between partners.

Advocacy research in literacy education: seeking higher ground.
Meredith Rogers Cherland. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007.
»This book reviews advocacy research in literacy education. It addresses issues such as social justice, equity, democracy and the possibilities for social transformation.

Beyond F.A.T. city: a look back, a look ahead. (DVD)
Richard Lavoie. Alexandria, VA: Artwork PBS, 2004.
»Richard Lavoie, creator of the original F.A.T. City Workshop, reviews the history and philosophy of the project, the major trends and issues in the field of learning disabilities since 1987, and the challenges ahead for parents and educators.

Change is inevitable, but growth is optional: a self advocacy manual. (Online)
North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre. Saskatoon, SK: NSILC, 1999. Available at http://www.en.copian.ca/library/research/change/cover.htm
»This manual focuses on the advocacy process, collective organizing, and the legal and political aspects of advocacy.

How difficult can this be?: understanding learning disabilities: frustration, anxiety, tension : the F.A.T. city workshop. (DVD)
Richard Lavoie. Alexandria, VA: Artwork PBS, 2004.
»This workshop simulates the world of a learning disabled student. A group of teachers, counsellors and parents do exercises in such a way that they experience the frustration, anxiety and tension that is the usual daily experience of a student with a learning disability. Includes discussion of mainstreaming, discipline and self-concept.

How to design and host community conversations about learning disabilities.
Pamela Auffray & Debbie Denault. Chilliwack, BC: Chilliwack Learning Community Society, 2011.
Also available online at www.decoda.ca/wp-content/uploads/LD-Conversation-How-To-final.pdf
»This resource provides a step-by-step process for creating a discussion-based workshop on learning disabilities. Detailed examples from two workshops illustrate the steps in action.

Introducing advocacy: the first book of speaking up: a plain text guide to advocacy.

John Tufail & Kate Lyon. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.
»Written for learners, this book introduces the concept of advocacy and explores advocacy models where the goal is to expand the life skills of the individual with learning difficulties. It examines different forms of advocacy and is designed for use in formal and informal learning situations.

LD advocates guide.(Online)
NCLD Public Policy Staff. New York: The National Center for Learning Disabilities, 2009.
Available at http://www.ncld.org/on-capitol-hill/policy-related-publications/ld-advocates-guide

Listen up! Speak up!: the third book of speaking up: a plain text guide to advocacy.
John Tufail & Kate Lyon. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007.
»This book explores how to be a good advocate, shows how to listen to and work with an advocacy partner, and explains how to prepare for, and behave in, a meeting.

Now what?: facing learning disabilities & attention deficit disorder. (Online)
Barbara Allison & Mary-Jane Hardie. Brentwood Bay, BC: T.O.L.D. Workshop, 2010.
Available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/28355718/Now-What-Facing-Learning-Disabilities-and-Attention-Deficit-Disorder
»Written for parents, this updated book provides background information on learning disabilities and ADHD and gives guidance on what to do if a learning disability or ADHD has been suspected in a child. Information on advocating for your child is included.

Powerful literacies.
Jim Crowther, Mary Hamilton & Lyn Tett. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2001.
»A resource for researchers and practitioners, this book addresses the twin themes of literacy and power. It approaches literacy as a complex social practice.

Preparing students with disabilities for college success: a practical guide to transition planning.
Stan F. Shaw, Joseph W. Madaus & Lyman L. Dukes III. Baltimore, Md.: Paul H. Brookes, 2010.
»This book shows transition personnel, counsellors and educators how to help students with mild to moderate, non-visible disabilities make the transition to college.

Self-advocacy for people with learning disabilities: a guide for adult educators.
Shelley Hourston. Vancouver, BC: Learning Disabilities and Whole Life Learning Project, Literacy BC, 2011.
Also available online at www.decoda.ca/wp-content/uploads/LD-Self-advocacy-Guide-FINAL-April-16-2011.pdf
»This guide sets out a plan for self-advocacy that includes analyzing the problem, formulating a solution, and deciding on an action plan. Includes tools and worksheets to help adults with learning disabilities develop their personal strengths, and tips for adult educators who want to help their students develop self-advocacy skills.

Self-advocacy skills for students with learning disabilities : making it happen in college and beyond.
Henry B. Reiff. Port Chester, NY: Dude Publishing, 2007.
»“The purpose of this book is to provide students with learning disabilities, their parents, and guidance counselors with effective strategies to encourage and develop self-advocacy skills that will benefit them from high school to college and into the world beyond.” – vi.

Snakes and ladders for learning: learning disabilities edition. (CD + booklet)

Dee McRae et al. Houston, BC: Houston Link to Learning, 2011.
»Created for literacy practitioners, tutors and instructors, this game fosters an awareness of the impact of learning disabilities. Complete instructions on how to set up and play the game are accompanied by templates for the playing cards on the CD.

Tips for self-advocacy in the workplace.(Online)
Dale S. Brown. Washington, DC: LD Online, 2008.
Available at http://www.ldonline.org/article/Tips_for_Self-Advocacy_in_the_Workplace

Undoing the silence: six tools for social change writing.
Louise Dunlap. Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2007.
»This book presents tools to help writers produce material that promotes social change.