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Self-Advocacy Skill Building Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources has a curated list of links to resources for building Self-Advocacy Skills, particularly aimed at teens and young adults. There are about 15 resources with a brief comment about each. Here are a couple of them:

ME! Lessons for Teaching Self-Awareness & Self-Advocacy.
The ME! Lessons were developed to help educators teach students critical transition skills. It’s quite a comprehensive package. There are 23 lessons in all, with each taking about 45-60 minutes to complete (not including extension activities). Lesson 1 focuses specifically on self-advocacy. Other lessons help students learn their rights, improve their communication skills, and learn how to advocate for themselves in high school, on the job, and in a postsecondary education setting. Each lesson plan includes student objectives, materials, lesson opening, procedures, closure, and student evaluation.

Learn about Self-Advocacy: Speaking Up.
For youth with intellectual disabilities.
This resource-rich website pairs minimal text with short, step-by-step video clips of youth themselves talking about self-advocacy. Includes a map to help youth identify self-advocacy groups in their state. Lots of video stories from self-advocates on key topics such as the ADA, education, jobs, health, home, and self-determination.

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