Self Advocacy

In post-secondary education, all students are considered adults, and as such students must assume primary responsibility for their education.  For students with disabilities, self-advocacy is an essential skill for success.  Self-advocacy means being able to speak up for yourself, make important decisions about your life, take responsibility for these decisions, and take the initiative to seek help and information as needed along the way. 

In order to be a self advocate, you need to:

If you want to become a more effective self advocate, practice this skill whenever possible.  High school students who need help with this could ask their guidance counselor and/or their teachers.  College students could ask the coordinator of Accessibility Services.  Additional information about your disability, human and student rights, and student responsibilities may be obtained from a college counselor, faculty advisor, instructor, doctor or an advocacy organization, as appropriate.
For more information on self-advocacy, see:

  1. Crouse, Scott L.  (1996). Becoming an Effective Self-Advocate.  LD Self-Advocacy Manual: Uncovering the Mystery of your Learning Disability – Discovery, Self-awareness, Self-advocacy, Chapter 10.  Available from LdPride.net Website:  http://www.ldpride.net/selfadvocacy.htm#Table of Contents

  2. Self-Advocacy.  Wrightslaw Website: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/self.advocacy.htm

For more information, see:


  1. LD Self-Advocacy Manual at http://www.ldpride.net/chapter10.htm
  2. Wrightslaw http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/self.advocacy.htm