Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is YELL?
YELL is a curriculum-based program that includes twelve, one hour experiential learning modules on disability history, disability leaders, disability identity and pride, advocacy, becoming a leader, how to put this information into action to create change, and culminates in the implementation of youth-led advocacy projects. In addition, the content addresses the impact of ableism, and internalized ableism and how youth without disabilities can serve as allies. Alongside this experience, it assists faculty/staff/service providers in building capacity for inclusion.
What is the Goal of YELL?
The goal of YELL is to develop youth leaders, foster inclusive practices for schools/organizations, empower youth, and to create opportunities for community engagement in learning about the multiple benefits of inclusion and integrated community supports for all. Students with and without disabilities receive the tools they need to create social change in their schools (and larger communities) related to inclusion.
What topics does the YELL curriculum cover?
Participating students will learn skills and content about topics such as:
- Disability History
- Disability Pride and Culture
- Identities and Intersectionality
- Ableism/Internalized Ableism
- Self-Advocacy and the Art of Interdependence
- Leadership Skills and Styles
- Creating social change
- Advocacy and community engagement
Who facilitates the YELL curriculum?
A core element of YELL is that it was developed and facilitated by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, YELL Ambassadors, and taught to people with and without disabilities learning together how to explore the change they wish to see in the world and how to advocate for that change.
Ambassadors deliver the curriculum as a way to influence the next generation of leaders in the disability community. YELL Ambassadors are regionally located and can be hired to present the full curriculum throughout the State of Michigan and, virtually, can train anywhere.
What is the difference between YELL and Peer-to-Peer or LINKS programs?
Peer-to-Peer programs, LINKS and Unified Champions are often focused on social and/or academic support for students with disabilities from students without disabilities in a coach oriented structure. YELL aims to engage all students in active learning around leadership skills and practices using tools that require mutual, reciprocal and equal participation and partnership.
Can YELL work with existing LINKS or Peer-to-Peer programs?
Yes. We recognize that LINKS and Peer to Peer programs provide a natural structure and supportive environment for students with and without disabilities. YELL would supplement and support existing programs with content and opportunities for students and school faculty.
What do educators have to say about the YELL Program?