Know Yourself

People with developmental disabilities are often the least able to explain their needs. Why? Their parents tend to do that for them.

Ne’eman tells the story of a friend who runs a university program for people with learning disabilities. “The single largest problem that he has when students come to his office is he asks them, ‘can you explain your disability to me,’ and they don’t know how to do that,” Ne’eman says. “It’s hard to advocate for yourself if you don’t understand your own needs.”

So, study up. Know your strengths and your needs.

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