advocate: do you know how to be one for yourself?


117.365:  smart people ask for help!

117.365: smart people ask for help! (Photo credit: ECI Photography)

Do you know how to advocate for your needs? As a person with a disability it is an important thing to know how to do. It is not something we are born learning how to do, but rather being able to advocate for your self or on behalf of someone else is a learned skill.

How I learned to be an advocate

Honestly, when I was little it was modeled for me. My parents would advocate on my behalf and actually I had a teacher who acted as an advocate for me and also taught me how for myself with gentle encouragement starting from grade 2 and all throughout high school. By the time I got to college I had the skills and understanding of my own needs to be able to go into meetings at the college and have my needs met. It actually got to the point that they wouldn’t start by suggesting things because I would know exactly what I needed to be successful. But rather, they would simply make me aware of things that I may not know was available to me.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to advocate: do you know how to be one for yourself?

  1. Important topic to bring up Laura. I recently wrote an article published at Yahoo! Health on how to become your own advocate- http://health.yahoo.net/articles/musculoskeletal/living-it-cerebral-palsy-and-becoming-your-own-advocate

  2. your article is fantastic thanks for sharing

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