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Speak Up: Your Guide To Self-Advocacy

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Cut The Cord

Yes, it is a parent’s job to protect their child. But no matter a person’s age or ability level, doing all the talking for them is probably not in their best interest long-term.

The best way to become a self-advocate, Ne’eman says, is slowly over the course of childhood. Ideally, by the time a person enters high school and transition planning begins, they’re capable of expressing their own desires. After all, many decisions are made in high school that will impact the rest of a person’s life.

“A lot of times parents don’t realize that what they’re doing — which was very important and necessary at one time in their life — needs to transition to something different and help support their child to speak for themselves,” Ne’eman says. “There’s a very big difference between the kind of assistance that fosters dependence and the kind of assistance that empowers independence.”

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  1. Revrandy says:

    Parents who have children with disabilities need to teach self advocacy. If your child can communicate in anyway, please teach them to stand up for themselves!

  2. pchandler818 says:

    Awesome article and extremely timely for me as I am simultaneously growing into Autism Sel-Advocacy and creating my own Foundation to advocate for the Rights of other Autistic Persons, who don’t yet have the Ability to do so for themselves. My Foundation is going to help Autistic Persons do everythIng for themselves, one day, because I Am. I am 47.8 years old and I was non-verbal from birth until age 7. I taught myself Life and now I Am Ready to Live. When I was a Child, when I began to start Speaking, I told my father, I want to be a Clinical Research and Child Psychologist so that No Child has to grow up Like I Am. And I Will Be because I have been doing the Work all my Life. I finally know what Self-Love Is because I Am Taking Care of Me, First. God’s got My back and that makes it that much more Divine. My Autism at birth was a Gift from God and today, I Feel Proud to honor that Gift by making sure, through the creation of my Autism Foundation, No Child Ever Has To Grow Up Like I Did. Thank you for giving the Strength, through this article, to continue Fighting the Good Fight :o)

  3. Diana Forte says:

    I work with disabled adults and am starting a self advocacy group within our facility. Can you please e-mail me some information for my weekly meetings with our clients. I would appreciate any help you can give to me to share with our clients. Thank you, Diana Forte

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