Who can be a self-advocate?

Anyone can be a self-advocate! If you are autistic, you are already a self-advocate.

You don’t need to change laws to self-advocate. You can start small. You can practice standing up for yourself, and talking about things that are important to you. That is self-advocacy.

No one is too disabled to be a self-advocate. To be a self-advocate, you only need 2 things. You need to know what you want, and you need a way to show people what you want. That’s it!

For example:

Juanita doesn’t talk or write, and she needs a helper. If she likes something, she tells her helper by humming. If she doesn’t like something, she bites her hands. The people around Juanita pay attention to what she likes and doesn’t like. If she doesn’t like a helper, her family fires them. Juanita is a self-advocate.