Self-advocacy begins with honest self-appraisal and results in a solid appreciation of who you are and what you can accomplish. The path to becoming an effective self-advocate is almost always complicated by self-doubt, misinformation, low expectations and repeated frustrations and setbacks. There is no question that this guide can be a powerful tool for teens (and adult readers) in understanding the importance of self-advocacy, appreciating its potential benefits in school and other settings, and in preparing to take action. (Dr. Sheldon H. Horowitz, National Center for Learning Disabilities)
In this practical resource for teens, educators Tuttle and Silva teach the fundamental skills of self-advocacy. In the first three chapters, they explain what self-advocacy is, describe how it is done, and suggest ways of dealing effectively with the media. Each of seven subsequent chapters deals with self-advocacy in the context of a particular issue, such as personal rights, learning disabilities, and foster care. Sprinkled throughout the volume are quotes from teens who decided to speak out on issues affecting them. (Reference and Research Book News, November 2007
About the Author
Cheryl Gerson Tuttle
has more than thirty years experience in education, counseling, and advocacy. She is the coauthor of five books, including Learning Disabilities: The Ultimate Teen Guide
(Scarecrow, 2003), and the author of Medications: The Ultimate Teen Guide
(Scarecrow, 2005).JoAnn Augeri Silva
is an award-winning writer, editor, public relations professional, and journalism teacher whose work has appeared in numerous publications.