Self-Advocacy

If you are still developing effective self-advocacy strategies, you might find it helpful to practice these skills using the questions below as some examples of topics you can expect to discuss: 

  1. Tell me about yourself and your disability history (i.e., when were you diagnosed, what supports have been put into place; what medications are you taking, if any, etc.)
  2. Explain your disability. What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
  3. How does your disability impact you when studying? In class? In the library? In social situations? In residence/at home? During tests and exams? Working in groups? During presentations?
  4. What accommodations have worked for you in high school?
  5. What accommodations do you feel you need to support you in university? Explain to me why you need these accommodations.
  6. What doesn’t work? (i.e., what makes it difficult for you to be successful)?
  7. What do you see as your role as a student with a disability in university as compared to high school?
  8. What are you hoping Accessibility Services’ role is?
  9. How comfortable are you talking to your professors about your needs, and asking them for extra help?
  10. What are your concerns and questions (e.g., about the university environment, unsure of procedures, anxious about being new to campus, unsure of how to communicate with professors, first time away from home, etc.)?