Disability Culture and Advocacy

Disability Culture and Advocacy



Language and culture around disability is constantly evolving. As parents, we're often unsure of how to talk about our children’s disabilities with our children, their siblings, and others. Check out these resources to learn more about advocacy and how to help our kids learn to advocate for themselves.

How can I help my child learn self-advocacy skills?

One of the most important things our kids should know is that it’s appropriate (and encouraged) for them to participate in discussions about their health and education with their doctors and teachers, and to ask their own questions. We can also teach them about their disability and personal history, encourage them to express their needs, and empower them to make their own choices. Learn more in our article Teaching Functional Life Skills: Disability & Medical Advocacy. You can also check out these resources for kids to help them learn about self-empowerment, self-advocacy, activism, and pride.



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