09-04-2019 01:53 AM
09-04-2019 03:41 PM
Hi there @InayaCare
Thanks for raising such an important topic! You're right - it is really important to build on the skill of self advocacy. We actually had a conversation about this last week on the Youth forums here - feel free to have a read and see what tips we shared with the young people.
I think how we can develop this is by
09-06-2019 09:58 AM
Exactly! @Bre-RO is spot on. I would only add that self advocacy is tricky as adults let alone special needs teens.
It would be nice if we could do more to break down the stigma involved with many topics. For a light example my girls hate it when I put sanitary items in string bag at the shops for all to see.
More seriously, my son is autistic and at university 1800 kms away. He doesn't have to tell his lecturers/tutors he has this disability under the laws which is very respectful, however, this also makes him feel that autism is something to be embarrassed about. It implies to him that he shouldn't tell others about it and now that he needs more support with one lecturer in particular he is reluctant and unable (with the ASD) to advocate for himself.
So long story short, I believe honesty and openness is important if we are to advocate well.
09-06-2019 01:39 PM
09-06-2019 03:03 PM