Self-advocacy involves being able to identify your needs, understanding your rights and communicating effectively. In the early years of your child’s life, you as a parent have an important role in advocating for the rights of your child with a brain injury. As your child grows older, it is important that your child learn self-advocacy skills so he/she can advocate for needs when you are not around.

Self-Advocacy Characteristics


From Independent Living Research Utilization

General ResourcesBy the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)

Identifying your Needs

Communication Skills