What is self-advocacy?
Self-advocacy is the ability to speak up for yourself and the things that are important to you. Self-advocacy means you are able to ask for what you need and want, and tell people about your thoughts and feelings. It means that you know your rights and responsibilities, you speak up for your rights, and you are able to make choices and decisions that affect your life. The goal of self-advocacy is for YOU to decide what you want, then develop and carry out a plan to help you get it.
Why is it important to apply self-advocacy skills?
You are the one person in the world who knows what you need most. Self-advocacy helps to empower you to speak up for yourself and make decisions about your life. There are many situations where self-advocacy is important. For example, at work, at home, at school or university, within the healthcare or judicial systems.