What is self-advocacy?


Self-advocacy means speaking for yourself. It means telling other people what you think is important to you, your health and your life. It is important to know how to be a good self-advocate so you can live the life you want with the supports you want and need.


What do you need to self-advocate?

You need to know yourself to be a self-advocate! It is important that you know what you like and what you dislike, and to be able to confidently share your thoughts with others. Do you want to go to do everything the same as everyone else all the time? Most people would say no! Most people like choices. But you need to know what choices are available, and what choices you would make. 


How do you self-advocate?

You self-advocate by telling, writing, or communicating what is important to you. You need to be confident and firm that this is your choice. Think of your list of likes and dislikes. How can you tell the decision-makers or your support people that 

How can I use my self-advocacy skills?

You can use your self-advocacy skills everywhere! Some examples include:

  • Choosing your meal

  • Telling your doctor if you want a treatment

  • Telling your case manager if you want to work

  • Picking where you want to live

  • Explaining how you want to be treated

  • Telling your community what is important to you

  • Telling your case manager what supports you need 

  • Choosing what activities you want to participate in

  • Explaining to decision-makers what is important to you