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Northwest Missouri State University


Tips on Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy is the ability to communicate one's talents, skills, and needed compensatory strategies to others.

Successful college students generally demonstrate the following:

It has also been observed that the college-level student with a disability must be self-reliant and able to cope with the ever-changing challenges of daily living. Students with disabilities who have learned to rely heavily on both parents and teachers to direct them and manage their lives may have difficulty adjusting to the demands of college life. Thus, as a student, the task is to find a college/university that will stretch and develop talents, interests, and abilities while at the same time be respectful and supportive of needs.

Virginia Department of Education, Student Services. (June 1993). Directory of Postsecondary Opportunities for Students with Disabilities at Institutions of Higher Education in Virginia.