Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 1999

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Daniel C. Fennerty

Second Committee Member

Connie Lambert

Third Committee Member

Alberta J. Thyfault


The purpose of this project was to develop a unit plan for teachers to help promote self-advocacy skills in the Individual Education Program (IEP) for students with mild disabilities. The results of this study indicate that students with mild disabilities are required to be invited to their IEP when consideration of services are to be discussed. Students are often not successful in the IEP process because they are dependent on others to make decisions for them. They are not given the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions. They have a poor self-concept, lack of understanding, self-acceptance and motivation. Once students with mild disabilities are prepared with selfadvocacy skills,and have the opportunity to practice these skills using the portfolio process, they can function successfully in the IEP process.