03 & 04 Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

Would You Rather: Halloween Edition

Self-Advocacy: Preparing Your Plan of Action

Whare Are Accommodations?

Identifying Reasonable Accommodations At Work – Let’s Practice

04 Self-Advocacy in the Workplace

Halloween Escape Room

Practicing Phone Calls

Where to Self-Advocate

Self-Advocacy Action Plan


What’s Next (Continued)

6 Self-Advocacy Steps for Meetings

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  1. Ask to be included. Talk to the person hosting the meeting. Let that person know you want to be included in decisions about you. Let that person know you want the meeting to be a success.
  2. Ask for information ahead of time:
    – what handouts will be used?
    – who will be there?
    – what will be discussed?
    – what will happen?
    – what is the time and place?
  3. Look at all the information you have before the meeting. If the handouts are confusing, ask for someone to explain them. You have a right to understand everything that will happen in the meeting!
  4. Think about what you want to have happen at the meeting. Are there issues you want to talk about? If decisions about your future will be made, what do you want people to know first? You can ask for time on the agenda to talk about what you think. You are your own expert.
  5. Use your voice. If the meeting is going too fast, you can ask for things to slow down. If people aren’t listening, you can remind them, “I don’t want any decisions about me made without me. Please listen to what I have to say.”
  6. Take a friend if it makes you more comfortable. Have someone take notes so you can remember what was said. Make sure at the end of the meeting everyone agrees to a plan. Talk about what to do if people don’t follow the plan.

Extra ideas: Self-Advocacy Steps for Writing an Email

• Give a brief introduction outlining your concerns.
• Describe the impact the issue has had on you personally.
• Give solutions and/or ask for a commitment to a specific action.
• Thank the person for any past positive actions they have taken.
• Request that they respond to your letter.
• Carbon Copy (CC): Share your letter with other individuals and organizations who are also advocating for your cause. (Source)

Extra ideas: How to Have a Self-Advocacy Telephone Conversation


Self-Advocacy Escape Chamber