Self Advocacy

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Self-Advocacy:

Self-Advocacy

Definition:

Definition Self-Advocacy—an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate, or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. Involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions

What does being a self-advocate look like? :

What does being a self-advocate look like? Being a self-advocate means you are able to ask for what you need in an appropriate and respectful way. An assertive student is able to speak up for themselves to get help or instruction, ask questions routinely, investigate learning options, and express disagreement respectfully. Assertive behavior is healthy. When someone is assertive they are able to think and act independently and make their own choices.

How does self-advocacy affect your education and future? :

How does self-advocacy affect your education and future? Enhances YOUR motivation! Enables greater independence! Gives YOU personal responsibility for learning Allows for YOUR needs or accommodations to be met Gives YOU more opportunities to make choices about learning experiences

How do I build self-advocacy skills? :

How do I build self-advocacy skills? Role Play – Practice how what you desire to communicate Practice problem solving in real world Learn about resources and policies at school Build self-esteem and confidence Find a mentor Stay positive

Self Advocacy Scenario #1:

Self Advocacy Scenario #1 You just received your Language Arts test back and you earned an F. WHAT is the problem/issue? WHY do you need to do/say something? WHO do you need to talk to? WHEN do you need to do/say something about this? HOW will you be a respectful self-advocate?

Self Advocacy Scenario #2:

Self Advocacy Scenario #2 Somebody continues to say inappropriate things under their breath, directed towards you, when working in lab. WHAT is the problem/issue? WHY do you need to do/say something? WHO do you need to talk to? WHEN do you need to do/say something about this? HOW will you be a respectful self-advocate?

Self Advocacy Scenario #3:

Self Advocacy Scenario #3 Your parents are getting a divorce. WHAT is the problem/issue? WHY do you need to do/say something? WHO do you need to talk to? WHEN do you need to do/say something about this? HOW will you be a respectful self-advocate?

Self Advocacy Scenario #4:

Self Advocacy Scenario #4 Your group of friends are making poor choices, and now are wanting you to make the same bad decisions. WHAT is the problem/issue? WHY do you need to do/say something? WHO do you need to talk to? WHEN do you need to do/say something about this? HOW will you be a respectful self-advocate?

Self Advocacy Scenario #5:

Self Advocacy Scenario #5 You just missed a week of school because you were sick. WHAT is the problem/issue? WHY do you need to do/say something? WHO do you need to talk to? WHEN do you need to do/say something about this? HOW will you be a respectful self-advocate?

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