4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

What ideas do you have to help you and your peers learn and practice advocacy and self-advocacy skills in order to become successful adults? This topic includes ideas for how and where other people can help you and your peers learn to speak up for what you need to succeed. When you are ready to share your ideas click the Submit New Idea Button on the right to join the conversation!

4. Advocacy and Self-Advocacy for Everyday Life

Self-Advocates

This is an easy suggestion. Our school-based advocates need to be preparing those students who are able, to become self-advocates. And if the school is not willing or able due to financial and time constraints. Please contact agencies like Break The Roof at breaktheroof.org to come in and supplement that experience. We need more voices of those with disabilities and less from researchers, doctors, advocates etc. Help ...more »

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Housing Initiatives & Resources

I am a 25 year old with Muscular Dystrophy. While my disability does cause limits on my life, those limits are not the end of the line for success. I have lived in 5 different states in the last 5 years and the most common issue has been inaccessible housing. In every single situation I have had to compromise my needs to take part in fairly dangerous situations so that I can stay in the state or city I desired to be in. ...more »

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Labels are for Jars

I may not be popular in my idea, but I don't believe in disability labels. My name is my label. My parents have never hidden from me that I have disabilities, but they've taught me that I need to talk about my strengths and challenges - things I'm good at and not so good at. My mom asks people she interviews for jobs these questions - it should be the same for people with disabilities. I dint care that I have cerebral ...more »

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Your Right to Say "No"

You have a right to say “No” to any clinician who you believe is not looking out for your best interest. After over a decade in personal self-advocacy, I have come across a number of doctors who have used unethical practices to coerce me to comply with their regime. In those cases, I refused to accept this doctor’s, this someone else’s prescriptions. It took me years of trusting every doctor because I had no better choice, ...more »

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Parental and School Education/Advocacy

I'm coming at this from a mental health angle, but teaching parents and schools to look for the warning signs of mental illness. It's not all angst and doesn't come from bullying. Have awareness days with more guidance counselor involvement, especially to both parents and educators, is great advocacy.

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All Schools & Companies Must Incorporate All Types of Advocacy

Every school and company in America and around the globe share common loopholes in advocacy matters. When an "unusual" issue arises in a school or company, they typically only turn to the already-established policies for reference in taking "proper" action. In reality, they ought to think with open minds and hearts in a holistic manner and they ought to get all parties involved in the conversations. For example, parents ...more »

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Connect with Centers for Independent Living

Students with disabilities can learn independent living skills and self-advocacy from the CILs (Centers for Independent Living) in their state found at http://www.ilru.org/projects/cil-net/cil-center-and-association-directory

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Advocacy's Enemy: The 2 Big Roots of All Disability Issues

Ignorance and lack of accountability are ultimately the two major roots of negative influences of any kind in the educational system and the workforce alike. If you think about it, any disability-related issue stems from these two all-important and all-neglectful things. What one person does not understand comes back to victimize (sometimes intentionally, sometimes not) the student or his/her family in some manner. ...more »

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Knowing Your Rights

There are not enough discrete details on what your rights are when you are younger. And as you get older the rights become clearer but are still a little, blurry in a sense. But as a person who has been in the mental health system, my rights are clearer because they are presented at all time. What I'm staying is there needs to be a time when everyone needs to be notified of rights. Such as when a teenager is transitioning ...more »

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Learning about Self-Advocacy (before/during the transition age)

I am a youth that struggled self-advocacy. I would always let my mother advocate for me, and since she was so good at advocating I did not see the point in me even trying. When I started in high school I realized I needed to fight for my services otherwise they might not be fulfilled. I wish there was a program/video/book that helped middle schooler's, high school and beyond, to learn about self-advocacy. this could ...more »

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Civil, Human Rights, Civil Liberty

Discrimination, harassment, bullying in our schools from teachers to our children and parents. Also, in the courts. They are not following the laws i.e. ADA, 504 plan, IDEA, FAPE, etc. The No Fear Act. & so on. Thx

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A 9-step Process for Exceptional Self-Advocacy

The whole purpose of self-advocacy is to stand up for yourself and take ownership of everything in your life under any circumstance. A philosophy that I recommend for self-advocates of any background, age, etc. is to consistently take inventory of everything that happens in daily life and to dig deep. For example, if a man with Asperger's Syndrome has trouble with relationships, he could conduct some research using ...more »

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