|What is self-advocacy?
It is the ability to fend for oneself.
It is the ability to negotiate for oneself.
It is the ability to understand one's needs.
It is the ability to ask for and get what one needs.
It is the ability to access all the agencies and legal rights available.
Destination Literacy (1999). Learning Disabilities Association of Canada, page 175.
Self-advocacy is an important key to success for anyone and especially important for a person with learning disabilities. It is so important that Bridges to Practice includes it as one of five curricular options that a person with LD may need to choose. How do you go about teaching and learning such skills?
Adult Issues: Self Advocacy
In its Adult Issues section LDOnline offers several articles on this important subject. Scroll down to 'Self Advocacy'
This page provides information on ways to become involved as an advocate for thise with learning disabilities including current legislation.
Learning Skills: a Comprehensive Orientation and Study Skills Curriculum provides a wealth of ideas on building self advocacy.
JAN: Worksite Accommodations Ideas for People with Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorder. What about accommodations on the job? How do you figure out the specific changes that help? JAN, the Job Accommodations Network, provides the user with definitions, examples for various forms of LD (reading,writing,etc.) and case studies.