2023 Pennsylvania Department of Education (Virtual) Conference

16. Promoting Self-determination for Black Youth with Disabilities

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Session Dates

Wednesday March 01, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Webinar

Promoting self-determination for students with disabilities has proven to be a critical component of effective transition planning. However, researchers seldom consider race when promoting self-determination for people with disabilities. The purpose of this presentation is to explore findings in research regarding Black youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families on transition planning experiences that promote and hinder self-determination. We find that for Black youth and families that hurdles rooted in systemic and structural racism and ableism prompted advocacy, family engagement, inclusion, and other emergent strategies to promote self-determination.

Target Audience

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered: Special Education Law

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Debra Jordan, at [(610) 878-7224, or djordan@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



LaRon Scott Ed.D.

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Barbara Gilligan
(800) 441-3215 ext. 7247

Additional Info

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Inclement Weather: The conference will take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions.