ERIC Number: ED377619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Self-Advocacy: Creating Employment Opportunities.
Gregory, Martha Wille, Ed.
This training module was developed to educate personnel about the issue of self-advocacy by individuals with disabilities. The module includes workshop content (with side notes to the trainer in italics), overheads, and many handouts. Preliminary information includes module purpose and overall learning objectives, a module outline, materials needed for the workshop, and adaptations for individuals with disabilities. The first section introduces self-advocacy by defining the term and discussing why self-advocacy is important. The next section considers basic human rights of all people. A major section examines the advocacy process, including specific advocacy skills, individual responsibility, understanding oneself, the importance of wanting to change, the importance of identifying the need or problem, the need for self-advocates to educate themselves, the need for developing a plan of action, and the need for willingness to take action. The following section offers suggestions for being an advocate, such as keeping a "Very Important Papers File" which may consist of medical evaluations, rehabilitation plans, and financial information; and tips for advocating by letter and telephone. Sample scenarios are provided for discussion of self-advocacy skill development. A final section gives guidance for developing a personal portfolio that highlights individual strengths while noting disability accommodation needs. Contains 10 references. (DB)
Descriptors: Assertiveness, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Goal Orientation, Individual Development, Individual Power, Personal Autonomy, Portfolios (Background Materials), Postsecondary Education, Self Actualization, Self Advocacy, Workshops
Missouri LINC, University of Missouri-Columbia, 401 E. Stewart Rd., Columbia, MO 65211 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Longview Community Coll., Lee's Summit, MO.; Missouri Univ., Columbia. Missouri LINC.; Southwest Missouri State Univ., Springfield.