Self-advocacy is the ability to speak and act on behalf of one’s self or a cause. Self-advocacy is an important skill that students learn as a youth and use throughout life.
Self-advocacy skills include
- being assertive,
- knowing one’s rights,
- negotiating and speaking up for one’s self or a cause.
There are many steps to take to become an advocate for yourself.
A few of the steps are as follows:
- know about your disability so you can explain it to anyone,
- decide how much health information you want to share. It’s your decision how much to share,
- know the difference between your real needs and wants in order to succeed at school,
- if other students don’t understand your disability, try to explain it to them,
- if you feel you are being mistreated by an adult, report it to someone immediately,
- there are others who are going through the same so do not to be afraid to express yourself,
- and always be proud of who you are.