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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