The SAY IT Program is an on-line, self-paced self-advocacy skills course designed to build the self-determination, skill, and confidence needed to achieve goals, reduce stress, thrive, and enjoy life. Sign up and get started.
- 3.5 hours of video in 3-6 minute segments
- 2.5 to 5 hours using tools and strategy building
The actual time required to complete the course will vary widely depending on many factors:
- Extent of features used. Students can review videos, edit submissions, contact the Leader and Allies, use the research library, read blog posts, or use the Notes function to document information that is relevant to their goals.
- Level of engagement and encouragement from Leaders, Allies, and supporters.
- Student’s own time and schedule.
- Prior online learning experience, literacy level, and computer skills.
Process approach. The program is intended for completion over a days- or weeks-long process versus a one-day, seminar-like transaction.
Interface and media. The online course delivers the content to the students though a device-independent interface, so that they can take the course on computers, tablets, or smartphones. It utilizes an integrated multimedia suite of professional teaching tools.
- Videos (3-6 minutes each)
- Colorful graphics
- Concise text
- Guided goal-setting and strategy building
- Links to commonly used information and resources
- Badges for completing segments of coursework and reading blog posts
Goal. The goal of the SAY IT program is to teach students the principles of self-advocacy and coach them on how to develop the life-tools of self-advocacy for use in all aspects of life.
Sign up. Students can sign up for a subscription to the SAY IT Program through the public facing SAY IT Solutions website. Students may also access the SAY IT Program as part of another program or service in which they already participate. In both situations, they will receive a username and password for accessing the course. Enrollment in the program gives Students three months of unlimited access to the online content and their stored work. After three months, Students have the option of continued access to the program on a subscription basis.
Dashboard. Students land in a secure and private classroom called a Dashboard.
Profile. Students will set up their profiles, which includes their name, email address, and the option to edit their username and password. Students may personalize their experience by uploading a profile photo and selecting a color scheme for their Dashboard.
Terms. When Students first enter the course, they will be asked to agree to terms and conditions for using the course site.
Coursework. Students are prompted to begin the first chapter.
Standardized content. Each chapter follows a standard content agenda, comprised of lessons. Training videos comprise the bulk of the chapters and are 3-6 minutes in length, so that they fit easily into a person’s schedule and the information is easier to process. Colorful graphic representation of key concepts and brief text reinforce main ideas.
Workspace. Chapters end with a workspace in which Students type answers to prompts and questions, resulting a key segment of guided strategy building.
Outputs. The final chapters of the course culminates Students pulling together the strategy work from prior modules into a compelling elevator speech template and follow up plan for their personalized self-advocacy goal.
Complete strategy building. When Students complete the final chapter they will have a complete strategy for pursuing their goal. Now, they will be prepared to move ahead to start or continue pursuing the goal itself. They may have already started working on their goal by doing research, speaking with Allies, and taking Notes.
Update and organize. As long as a Student has a current subscription, the Student can continue to access the entire course and the work that the Student has saved in it. The Student can make changes at any time to work in any chapter or lesson, the Notes, and the Allies pages. This gives the Student one easy place for organizing materials related to the goal, instead of having information on scattered among texts, scraps of paper, and other documents that are easily lost.
New goal. Students can begin a second goal. They can work on two goals at the same time.
Chapter content. The chapter content will appear again in its entirety in the second goal. This gives Students a chance to review videos if they choose. However, Students may choose to fast forward to the end of the videos that they do not want to review. This allows them to move more quickly to the guided strategy building for the new goal.
Privacy. Students sometimes choose highly personal or sensitive goals. To support students in that process, all material is privately and securely stored.
Third parties. The only student work that the Leader can see is the name of the goal and a progress bar showing how far the student has gone in the course. Leaders and Allies will only see the details of Student work if a Student chooses to share it with them and takes affirmative steps to do so in person, or by email or printing.
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