• Self-Advocacy


    As a student with a disability, you become successful when you learn to take responsibility for yourself. These responsibilities include:


    1.    Talk to your teachers about your disability.


    2.    Know your strengths and weaknesses and being able to verbalize them to the appropriate person. Write what you would say about your strengths. Write what you would say about your weaknesses.


    3.    Using the information you know about your strengths and weaknesses to ask for accommodations in specific areas. Think of an accommodation you will need and write how to ask for it.


    4.    Ask for help at the beginning of the class, not after you are failing.


    5.    Let the teacher know that assistance you will need in the class. Do not expect the teacher to figure it out for you.


    6.    Meet with your case manager regularly to discuss problems, concerns, grades, and specially designed instruction.


    7.    Create a group of supports: parents, teachers, siblings, friends, etc…allow them to help you if you are in need of help.


    8.    Know your IEP rights and how they can help you succeed.


    9.    Always keep your specific goals in mind. Try to exceed them.


    10. Speak up! Have your voice heard! The more you express yourself, the more you realize how far you want to go!