Advocacy and Contextual Intervention in Supported Education

This workshop will describe and illustrate the supports provided by a supported education program that are helpful for students with psychiatric disabilities to achieve their educational goals. The design and implementation of educational plans are done in an empowering and collaborative way with students. These plans are designed to help students assess their personal and educational needs, identify the supports and resources that are available onsite and offsite (school), including academic accommodations. On the other hand, educational settings may have some barriers that hinder students’ success. Therefore, advocacy could be necessary to overcome those barriers. Practical examples and tools will be provided and discussed on how to assist students to improve their studying habits, to connect with other students, to negotiate academic accommodations they may need to adjust to educational demands, as well as to organize their daily activities in order to have time for leisure and well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  • To assess collaboratively students’ supports and resources
  • To be aware of the importance of working onsite and offsite the educational setting
  • To understand how advocacy may help students’ overcome barriers

Lucia Oliveira studied Social Politics in ISCSP – Universidade de Lisboa. She’s been working in several projects at AEIPS since 1997 mainly in Supported Employment and since 2008 in the Supported Education Program. Currently she is representing AEIPS in the ImpulSE European Project.