Self-advocacy is a term used to describe the ability to communicate or act on one’s own behalf and interests. This is a very important skill for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for increasing independence throughout their youth and into adulthood. An example of self-advocacy is the individual being personally involved in communicating to peers and others information about him or herself versus teachers, parents, or others conducting training sessions on their behalf. This approach may promote greater understanding and more inclusive opportunities for the individual with ASD. View the full guidelines on self-advocacy below:

 A presentation template has been developed to assist individuals with ASD create a story about themselves. The sample that accompanies this is only a guide and can be modified to meet the needs of the individual. The content can be as personal, interactive, or creative as the individual desires. A peer, sibling, or others can also assist with needed technology or media to create and edit the presentation. 

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