Self-advocacy

Transition, Self-advocacy |WITIG Wisconsin Statewide Transition InitiativeAdvocacy starts at the birth of a child with disabilities and is ongoing. The goal is to transfer this responsibility from parents to youth to the degree that is possible. This transfer should start early and match the student's abilities and comfort level with participation. This self-advocacy can be accomplished in a variety of ways. For example, interviewing a younger child about interests, strengths, and favorite classes would provide student input. An older child may be able to write or dictate some information for the present level of performance. As the student becomes more able to participate, opportunities to do so need to be planned for and implemented.

Teaching your student how to self-advocate early will allow your child to have as much practice as possible prior to becoming eighteen when parental rights transfer to the student who is receiving special education services. This practice will help the student be able to advocate in all areas of adult life including education, employment, finances, recreation, living arrangements, legal and medical issues. It is important for everyone on the student's team including family, teachers, friends, and service providers to have buy-in and a common understanding of self-advocacy and how to assist the young person. The role of these key people is to provide support, encouragement, and expand the possibilities for consideration.

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CCOT Resources & Services

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    Information for educators and parents to familiarize them with Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the role it plays in planning for students with disabilities.