Help Your Teen Develop Self-Advocacy Skills

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Maryland Department of Disabilities

Start by making sure your teen has a clear understanding of his disability, his strengths, and his weaknesses.

If your teen is nervous speaking up alone, remind her that everyone gets nervous speaking up, whether they have
a disability or not.

Encourage your teen to role play with you or someone else she is comfortable with. Use real life situations such as talking to a teacher about an assignment.

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Practice questions for teens in

  • IEP Meetings
  • For service providers
  • Post-secondary education
  • Employment