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Speak Up: Your Guide To Self-Advocacy


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Have No Fear

Speaking up can be tough. But remember, the hardest things in life are usually the most rewarding.

“It’s very scary sometimes,” Ne’eman acknowledges, particularly when you’re just starting out or if you’re surrounded by a bunch of experts who think they know best.

But it gets easier. “People have to realize and internalize that they are the number one experts in their own lives and once they understand that, they should have the self confidence to speak out and to communicate their own needs regardless of whatever forms of backlash they may get.”

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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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