Characteristics/skills necessary for successful self-advocacy:
- Self-awareness: knowing their goals; what they like and don’t like; and their strengths and weaknesses compared to the typical population.
- The ability to set goals, work toward them, and modify them as needed.
- To know that they can learn how to do just about anything.
- To know that life is a learning process.
- Problem solving skills.
- The ability to know when they need help, what kind of help they need, and how to get it.
- A sense of self-responsibility – that their life is their responsibility, not anyone else’s.
- Resiliency – how to survive life’s little (and not so little) set-backs.
- Knowing what kinds of interpersonal relationships they’d like to have and how to build them.