ERIC Number: ED354683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Don't Get Mad: Get Powerful! A Manual for Building Advocacy Skills.
Hines, Mary L.
This manual is intended to assist individuals with disabilities or their families to protect their rights and solve their problems through developing appropriate advocacy skills. Chapter 1 defines advocacy, discusses different types of advocacy, and examines attitudes towards advocacy that may help or hinder its practice. Chapter 2 describes basic steps involved in solving most types of advocacy problems. In chapter 3, the importance of carefully analyzing and defining the problem situation before taking action is stressed. A guide for problem analysis and examples are provided. Chapter 4 focuses on the information gathering process. Chapter 5 discusses keeping records and includes sample forms. In chapter 6, the importance of developing a written plan of action is discussed, with examples. Chapter 7 considers the concept of assertiveness and provides guidelines for assertive verbal and nonverbal communication. Chapter 8 builds on these communication techniques by discussing negotiation and communications in meetings. Chapter 9 describes effective letter writing, and in chapter 10, the importance of following up is emphasized. The final chapter describes systems advocacy and lists sources of further information. The appendices include: a catalog of laws pertaining to the rights of persons with disabilities; a guide to understanding legal citations; a glossary of terms; a list of resource agencies and organizations; and a set of sample forms. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Lansing.