Tips and Tools for self-advocacy
ADVOCACY – “Tips and Tools”
(Adapted from the Advocacy Tool Kit published by Muscular Dystrophy Canada.)
The most important thing to remember when advocating for yourself is that YOU are your BEST advocate. You may not realize it, but you are already an advocate for yourself in many ways. Have you ever felt that it was in your right to do something or receive something you need, and then gone and done something about it? Well that is advocacy.
There are many ways to advocate for yourself but below I am going to outline a few tips from the Advocacy Tool Kit created by Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
Before you begin your journey as an advocate, the incredibly important first step is to start by knowing and understanding your rights as an adult. You may have had family members/care givers/health professionals advocate on your behalf, but now that you are an adult it is important to begin the process by knowing your own rights. You will then become more responsible and in control of your own path. In addition, it is also vital to know your needs. The better you understand your specific disability, the better you can communicate the information you need to advocate. Last, but not least, effective communication is an essential skill to advocacy.