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Self-Advocacy in College

Self-advocacy (n.) is an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights.  It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions (VanReusen et al., 1994). Self-advocacy skills can be learned, and are crucial to develop in order for you to gain independence and make important decisions about your own life.

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These students had a successful experience in college. You can too!

Three students, Capri, Haley, and Jamie, allowed us to interview them about their college experiences. Read their interviews to get a glimpse of how they self-advocate, manage academics, and navigate campus life.


About Capri

Hometown: Batavia, Ohio

University/Program: Studying Media Arts and Animation at the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati

Autism Symptoms: Echolalia, stimming, routine dependence


About Haley

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

University/Program: Law, University of Miami. J.D. expected May 2018.
B.A. in Criminology & Law and B.S. in Psychology from University of Florida in 2015

Autism Symptoms: Major challenges in college included learning to live independently, executive functioning skills, and stress management.


About Jamie

Hometown: Webster, New York

University/Program: Sophomore studying Communications at Monroe Community College

Autism Symptoms: Stimming, verbal repetition

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