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CSUF Hosts Oct. 26-27 Self-Advocacy Conference for Students With Disabilities, Parents, Educators

Oct. 8, 2012

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Joan A. Levine, lecturer in special education, co-chairs the Oct. 26-27 self-advocacy conference.

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Cal State Fullerton's Department of Special Education, in collaboration with the Learning Disabilities Association of California, presents an Oct. 26-27 "Self-Advocacy and Strategic Instruction Conference" to help persons with disabilities and their families build self-advocacy skills, as well as provide specialized training for teachers on research-validated strategies for reaching all students in diverse classrooms. The conference is open to the public, including university and high school students with disabilities.


Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Cal State Fullerton, Mihaylo Hall
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


Keynote speaker is Sam Durbin, author, advocate and past member of the Consumer Advisory Committee, California Department of Developmental Services. He will speak at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

CSUF Special Education faculty presentations:
Friday, Oct. 26
10 – 11:30 a.m. "Self-Advocacy Strategy for Teachers," Barbara J. Glaeser and Debra L. Cote
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. "Strategies for Promoting Self-Advocacy Across the Lifespan," Tiffany N. Leger-Rodriguez
2 – 3 p.m. "Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education," Vita Jones

Saturday, Oct. 27
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. "Self Advocacy Strategy for Parents and Students," Barbara J. Glaeser and Joan A. Levine


The purpose of the conference is to offer self-advocacy training for students with disabilities and their parents, including sessions on how to negotiate job interviews, taught by Aliah Mestrovich Seay of Cal State Fullerton's Office of Disabled Student Services, and to provide strategy training for teachers of students with disabilities, said Barbara J. Glaeser, professor of special education who is co-chairing the conference with Joan A. Levine, lecturer in special education. The research-based instructional strategies for students with disabilities to be presented are designed by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, Glaeser said.


Session topics for students and parents include personal safety, bridging from high school to college, disability disclosure in job interviews, and getting and keeping a job. Sessions will be translated in Spanish.


Parents and community members — $50 per day
CSUF and high school students with disabilities — $25 per day
Teacher training sessions — $100 per day
Families and students with financial hardship may be eligible for reduced rates and can contact Glaeser at for details.


Deadline is Oct. 15. Space is limited. To register, visit the website:


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Friday, Oct. 26; parking is free Saturday. Details available online.


The conference came about because Glaeser's son, a CSUF student with a learning disability, has had difficulty advocating and negotiating for himself as an adult and college student. Glaeser wants to share strategies and information for student success and self-advocacy with other parents, educators and CSUF students. With the support of the California Learning Disabilities Association, Glaeser and colleague Levine, have presented self-advocacy training at recent conferences in Los Angeles and Sacramento. "We want all parents who have children with learning disabilities, as well as college students with disabilities, to get the information they need to get the services they need," Glaeser said.

More Info:

Available online at or from Barbara J. Glaeser, Special Education, 657-278-4711 

Media Contacts:

Barbara J. Glaeser, Special Education, 657-278-4711 

Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027 

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