Helping Your Child to Help Him/Her Self: Beginning Self-Advocacy by Stephen Shore Self-advocacy is realizing what one needs in order to maximize functioning in life and knowing how to arrange the environment or obtain accommodations to do so. Or put another way, it is being literate about one’s own needs. The road to self-advocacy includes discussions of disclosure, special interests, learning styles, learning accommodations, and even relationships. One place to teach these skills is through involving students in the development of their own Individualized Education Plan Continue→