Breaking Down  Self-Advocacy Brought to you by Metropolitan Center for  Independent Living
What does  self-advocacy  mean? <ul><li>Taking charge of your own life </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking up for yourself </li></u...
What is your learning style? <ul><li>Visual- you like models, graphs, charts, diagrams, images </li></ul><ul><li>Aural – y...
Once you know your learning style… <ul><li>Talk to your teachers, counselors, parents about your learning style </li></ul>...
Learning about your disability <ul><li>Review your paperwork – ask to see information from your doctor or psychologist </l...
Questions to ask about your disability <ul><li>What is my disability?  </li></ul><ul><li>In what specific ways does it aff...
Researching your disability <ul><li>Research your disability by looking on the internet or looking at books </li></ul><ul>...
Accommodations <ul><li>You are entitled to certain accommodations under the protections of the Americans with Disabilities...
Examples of Accommodations <ul><li>Large print  </li></ul><ul><li>Reader  </li></ul><ul><li>Sign/orally present instructio...
What help is available? <ul><li>Familiarize yourself with the resources available to you </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to disabil...
Participate in your IEP meeting <ul><li>IEP stands for Individual Educational Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Review your old IEP i...
Advocating for Yourself <ul><li>What do you want to advocate about? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your goals? </li></ul><...
Advocating for Yourself <ul><li>Who should you advocate to? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not always easy to figure out </li...
Advocating for Yourself <ul><li>What do I say? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write down your points beforehand and practice </li><...
Advocating for Yourself <ul><li>What if I need someone else to assist me to advocate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s okay to a...
Advocating for Yourself <ul><li>Reevaluate your goals if you need to </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t feel bad if you are strugglin...
Congratulations! <ul><li>You made it through the presentation on self-advocacy! </li></ul><ul><li>Questions… </li></ul><ul...
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  • Breaking Down Self-Advocacy

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

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