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 Thinking. Person 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:
- Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children (Coach)
- Group Action Planning (GAP)
- Making Action Plans (MAPs)
- Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH)
Self Advocacy Organizations in Vermont