Self Determination / Self Advocacy

Self-advocacy, the ability to speak up and advocate for your own needs, is a key ingredient to the success of students with disabilities interested in leading the lives they want. High school students with disabilities should have opportunities to learn and practice self-advocacy skills as part of their education. Learning self-advocacy skills can be accomplished in a number of ways.  It starts with Person-Centered ThinkingPerson Centered Planning. This helps young people with disabilities plan their future. It should reflect a youth’s interests and preferences, current accomplishments and skills, what they still need to learn, as well as what they want to do in life.

Person Centered Planning Tools:

Self Advocacy Organizations in Vermont


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