Self-advocacy is a process that begins early for a child with disabilities, and continues all through life. It is important to  begin teaching your student how to self-advocate early.  Self-advocacy can be accomplished in a variety of ways. For example, interviewing a young child about interests, strengths, and favorite classes would provide student input. An older child may be able to write or dictate some information for their Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP). As the student becomes more confident to participate, opportunities to do so need to be planned and implemented.

Teaching your student how to self-advocate early will allow your child to have as much practice as possible prior to becoming eighteen when parental rights transfer to the student who is receiving special education services. This practice will help the student be able to advocate in all areas of adult life including education, employment, finances, recreation, living arrangements, legal and medical issues. It is important for everyone on the student's team including family, teachers, friends, and service providers to have buy-in and a common understanding of self-advocacy. The role of these key people is to provide support, encouragement, and expand the possibilities for high expectations of the student.


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  • Self Advocacy Suite Postcard
    This postcard highlights the Self-Advocacy Suite on the TIG website, including Speak Up!, Self- Directed Transition Planning, A New Way of Thinking, Opening Doors, WiTransition App and Self Directed CCR IEPs.
  • TIG Tools Postcard
    This postcard highlights the transition tools from the Transition Improvement Grant, including the Postsecondary Transition Plan, Transition Improvement Plan, Graduation Rate Improvement Plan, Indicator 14 Survey, and Self Advocacy Suite.
  • Ingredients for Successful IEP Transition Planning - Pizza Placemat
    This resources shows a visual outline of the PTP process and provides additional resources. Wisconsin state law requires transition plans to be part of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all students with disabilities aged 14 and above. The Postsecondary Transition Plan (PTP) is the online application used to help prepare students for life after high school.