Self Advocacy Skills
Encourage Your Child to Find Her Voice!

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March 2, 2010
Circulation: 77,378
ISSN: 1538-320

Why is self-advocacy important? So that a student understands her strengths and needs, has knowledge about her legal rights and responsibilities, can identify personal goals, and has the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about her life.

Students who know how to present information about their disability and seek the accommodations they need are more likely to make a successful transition to life after high school.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you'll find information for your child about becoming an effective self-advocate, tips about students taking a role on the IEP team, and resources and encouragement to help kids navigate transition challenges.

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Engage Your Child in IEP Meetings

What will your child be doing after high school? Where will she be working, going to school, or living? What kind of life does she want?

Your child's transition IEP can help answer these questions. When students attend IEP meetings, it helps the team focus on the child. Encourage your child to build self-awareness skills and take ownership of the IEP as she plans for the future.

Go to the Wrightslaw Self-Advocacy page to find information about self-advocacy skills, tips, guides, and resources.


Chart the Future by Taking an Active Role

New Podcasts! From the Disability Law Lowdown, valuable information for high schoolers about how to plan for their future whether the transition is to employment, post-secondary education, or independent living.

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Students learn to advocate for themselves through podcasts, videos, written transcripts. Available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.


Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Need, Know How to Get It

IEPs end after high school. So do the rights of parents under Section 504 and IDEA. Students need to advocate for themselves after public school. The better you understand your disability, needs, and rights, the easier self-advocating will become.

Find the three important parts of becoming an effective self-advocate.

Read Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Need, Know How to Get It by Nancy James Johnson.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy

Learn How to Negotiate

New to advocacy? You need to learn strategies for dealing with the pit bulls and the bullies, the expert know-it-alls, the conflict avoiders, the snipers...

In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, you'll learn about:

  • Dealing with Difficult People, p. 34
  • Five Golden Rules for Negotiators, p. 50
  • Four Deadly Sins for Negotiators, p. 51

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