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									INSTRUCTIONS for creating a Self- Advocacy Dialog:

The Self-Advocacy Dialog is a 10-step activity that will encourage you to think more
critically about your own disability or disabilities in relation to the context of the college
setting. When you come to college, you will be on your own to articulate what your
specific disability-related needs are. It is likely that any communication of needs were
already taken care of by either your parents or your school district previously. Now that
you are legally an adult, it will be your primary responsibility to advocate for yourself.

For the 10 pages that follow, there are instructions listed on each page that you will need
to follow for this writing exercise. When these 10 steps are appropriately followed, you
will be provided with a completed dialog that will help to assist you in effectively
communicating any disability-related needs within the college setting.

Below are situations that you might encounter while in college where your Self-Advocacy
Dialog may be helpful to you- :

      When discussing your RFA Letter with your Teaching Assistants or Instructors.

      If your disability impacts your ability to fully participate in an on-campus event,
       and therefore you would need to request accommodations for inclus ion.

      If you have disability-related concerns that impact your housing arrangements,
       and you need to speak to your Resident Advisor or Hall Director about them.

      When you are working with your academic advisor to determine a class schedule
       that is more accommodating to your disability.


The Self-Advocacy Dialog activity will need to be completed BEFORE your selected
ISTEP date. As with any college assignment, I will require that you type your
assignment, instead of handwriting it. Once it is completed, please print out a hard
copy of your dialog, and bring it with you to ISTEP as I will be checking with you to
see if you completed this assignment, and I would like to review your work. Please feel
free to refer to the Self-Advocacy Dialog Example that is also posted for your viewing, it
might help you with your own writing composition for this activity.

If you have any questions or concerns about the instructions or any aspect of this
assignment, do not hesitate to call me at (217) 333-4602 V/TTY, OR e-mail me at
sheft@uiuc.edu.


Sincerely,
Susann Heft, Disability Specialist, DRES
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Self-Advocacy Dialog Exercise:

Step 1:
Please identify any key word(s) that describe(s) your disability or
disabilities.

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Step 2:
Now, Put the word(s) describing your disability or disabilities into
sentence form.

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Step 3:
Please identify key word(s) describing the strengths you have in relation
to your academics:

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Step 4:
Now, put each of the key word(s) describing your strengths in relation
to your academics into sentence form.

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Step 5:
Please identify the key word(s) describing your limitations in relation to
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Step 6:
Now, put the word(s) describing your limitations in relation to your
academics into sentence form.

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Step 7:
Please identify the key word(s) that describe(s) any academic or non-
academic accommodations that you will need while attending UIUC
(in-class, during exams, outside of class, etc):

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Step 8:
Now, put the key word(s) that describe(s) any academic or non-
academic accommodations into sentence form (in-class, during exams,
outside of class, etc):



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Step 9:
Finally, Put the above sentences into a Narrative Format or in
Paragraph Form. Please type your sentences in the space below.
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Step 10:
Final Step: Practice and Rehearse your completed Self-Advocacy
Dialog with a family member or an acquaintance. As you are
rehearsing your dialog, I encourage you to practice reciting your
information in a manner that you would use while communicating your
needs to a college instructor. If you have any additional questions or
concerns, please contact Susann Heft at the contact information listed
on the Instructions page of this activity.

								
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