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Breaking Down Self-Advocacy



Learning to advocate for yourself to achieve your goals and objectives.

Learning to advocate for yourself to achieve your goals and objectives.



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  • Breaking Down Self-Advocacy Brought to you by Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
  • What does self-advocacy mean?
    • Taking charge of your own life
    • Speaking up for yourself
    • Controlling your own resources
    • Accepting support on your own terms
  • What is your learning style?
    • Visual- you like models, graphs, charts, diagrams, images
    • Aural – you like to hear the information (listening), talking to teachers, lectures, explain information to others
    • Read/Write – you like lists, definitions, handouts, books, notes
    • Kinesthetic – you like to learn by doing things, demonstrations, trying things out for yourself
  • Once you know your learning style…
    • Talk to your teachers, counselors, parents about your learning style
    • Identify study strategies that match your learning style
    • Ask for information in an alternative format if it does not match your learning style
  • Learning about your disability
    • Review your paperwork – ask to see information from your doctor or psychologist
    • Ask questions and make sure you understand the answers
    • Research your disability and how it affects your classroom learning
    • Ask for help by describing your disability and saying what your needs are
  • Questions to ask about your disability
    • What is my disability?
    • In what specific ways does it affect how I learn?
    • What are my learning strengths? (How do I learn best?)
    • Which academic accommodations are supported by my documentation? (What help can I get based on my disability?)
    • What was the date of the last diagnosis of my disability?
  • Researching your disability
    • Research your disability by looking on the internet or looking at books
    • Talk to others on internet discussion forums or in group settings
    • Make up a fact sheet on yourself to give to educators and parents about how you experience your disability
  • Accommodations
    • You are entitled to certain accommodations under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA)
  • Examples of Accommodations
    • Large print
    • Reader
    • Sign/orally present instructions
    • Visual magnification (magnifier or magnifying machine)
    • Auditory amplification
    • Audiocassette
    • Braille
    • Tape recorder
    • Frequent breaks
    • Extended time
    • Small group setting
    • Private room
    • Screens to block out distractions
    • Special lighting
    • Special acoustics
    • Adaptive/special furniture/tools
    • Alternative test site (with proctor present)
    • Preferential seating
    • Computer accommodations
  • What help is available?
    • Familiarize yourself with the resources available to you
    • Talk to disability services, your teachers, counselors
    • How can these accommodations help you?
  • Participate in your IEP meeting
    • IEP stands for Individual Educational Plan
    • Review your old IEP in preparation for the new meeting
    • Spend some time beforehand thinking about what you want to address and write a list of those concerns
    • Decide who will be at your meeting and what each person’s role will be
    • Introduce everyone at the meeting
    • Talk about the progress you have made on your goals
    • Decide your new goals for the year
    • Discuss how your team can help you meet your goals
    • Ask questions
  • Advocating for Yourself
    • What do you want to advocate about?
      • What are your goals?
      • If your goals are big… start Small
      • Remain focused on these goals
      • Gather information on this topic
      • Preparation is key
  • Advocating for Yourself
    • Who should you advocate to?
      • It is not always easy to figure out
      • Do some brainstorming
      • Contact related organizations
      • Keep a list of names of who you’ve talked to and take notes
  • Advocating for Yourself
    • What do I say?
      • Write down your points beforehand and practice
      • Focus on your goal
      • Be specific
      • Say what action you think should be taken
      • Ask questions
  • Advocating for Yourself
    • What if I need someone else to assist me to advocate?
      • It’s okay to ask for help…
      • getting the support you want and need is part of self-advocacy
      • Sometimes you need to have a professional assist you (like a doctor or a law professional)
      • Friends and family can help you get your point across because they know you very well
  • Advocating for Yourself
    • Reevaluate your goals if you need to
    • Don’t feel bad if you are struggling
    • Feel good about achieving your goals
  • Congratulations!
    • You made it through the presentation on self-advocacy!
    • Questions…
    • Contact Us!
    • Metropolitan Center for Independent Living
    • 1600 University Ave. W., Suite 16 St. Paul, MN 55104-3834 (651) 646-8342
    • www.mcil-mn.org