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March 17, 2017

4 Steps to Becoming a Successful Self Advocate

Living with a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury often leads to a need to for self-advocacy.

"Self-advocacy involves communicating your needs and taking action to get your needs met," says Lenore Hawley, LSCW, a Craig Hospital brain injury outpatient education and resource coordinator.

Hawley suggests people use a 4 step process to become a successful self advocate.

  1. Take care of yourself
  2. Gather information
  3. Organize and prepare
  4. Assertively communicate and negotiate

Do you want to learn more about how to become a self advocate? Watch this video for more tips and suggestions, including strategies for getting organized, communicating assertively, and finding the resources you need.

Some of the information information above was initially developed from the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury Center, the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund. These grants were administered by the Brian Injury Association of Colorado for the Self Advocacy for Independent Life program, directed by Lenore Hawley, LSCW.