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Advancing the Curriculum for Young People who have an Intellectual Disability. Advocacy in Health: A Pilot Study

Carrington, Suzanne, Lennox, Nick,

Academic Literature

2008

This article reports on the pilot work for a collaborative National Health and Medical Research Council project in Australia involving education and health professionals to improve the health and well‐being of young people who have an intellectual disability.

The research questions were: (1) How did teachers include health‐related matters in the curriculum before use of the Ask Health Diary?; and (2) How did teachers and students use the Ask Health Diary as a component of the school curriculum and what were the benefits? The Ask Health Diary was used to introduce students to the concept of self‐advocacy in relation to their health needs. The reported data indicates that the Ask Health Diary was a popular resource for students and teachers and raised awareness of the importance of developing the communication skills and independent living abilities necessary for young people to advocate for their own health needs. The pilot study supports the merit the Ask Health Diary.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australasian Journal of Special Education

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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