Help students with cognitive disabilities get equal opportunities Oakland Tech

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Hello, we are students at Oakland Technical high school trying to create positive change in our school! We are creating a petition directed towards the principles of OT(Oakland Tech), Staci Ross-Morrison and Josue Diaz Jr., that will create a one hour meeting in the monthly staff meeting with special ed teachers that will teach or inform general ed teachers at Oakland Tech about dealing with cognitive disabilities.

Our action addresses the problem because teachers will be more prepared and trained to support disabled students in a cognitive matter by meeting with a special ed teacher to learn more about how to support students with disabilities so they can be set up for success.

Our target audience is going to be the teachers at Oakland Tech. They are an appropriate audience because they are teaching the students in a way that may be effective to general ed students but, is failing students with cognitive disabilities. By educating teachers they will be able to properly support and set disabled students up for a successful path.

The impact we hope our action will have is more disabled students graduating and getting the education they deserve. Our “ask” is for our school to implement one meeting a month educating general ed teachers at tech about cognitive disabilities. General ed teachers need to learn and start to understand the cognitive side of disabled students because the  past teaching methods have failed to be effective for disabled students. Our action addresses the systemic root causes such as insufficient accommodations social barriers, cycle of unemployment, and failure to prepare teachers, for disabled students.


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