Self-determination and self-advocacy​

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What is self-determination?​

The act of choosing your own purpose without outside influence

  • The process of learning your strengths, weaknesses, preferences, learning styles and needs​
  • The power or ability to decide for yourself without outside influence ​
  • The process by which you make judgements and decisions about your career​
  • Having a plan and taking control of your own working life.

Why is self-determination important?​

Self-determination is important as it allows people to understand their strengths and preferences and have control over their choices and lives.

What is self-advocacy?​

The act of representing oneself or one’s views or interests.

  • You will understand your strengths and learning needs​
  • You will know how you best learn/work​
  • You will ask questions that help you and learn new skills​
  • You will use assertive communication​
  • You will speak up for yourself in the best way you can (verbal or written)​
  • You will have a say in decisions that affect you​
  • You will be involved in setting your own goals​
  • You will give feedback and tell us what you need​
  • You will seek support when you need it.

Why is self-advocacy important?​

Learning self-advocacy skills is important because it helps you decide what you want and what is possible for you to expect.​

​Self-advocacy helps to empower you, to speak up for yourself and to make decisions about your life.​

The Department of Social Services makes available a host of advocacy resources:

  • Self-advocacy video (4.55 minutes)

End of Module Questions

In your workplace, what are some ways that you can advocate for yourself, in terms of:​

  • Requesting leave?​
  • Addressing concerns with a colleague?​
  • Having sensory needs met?

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