Frequently Asked Questions
How can I, as a first year university student with a disability, learn to be an effective self-advocate with professors, tutors and other students at my school?
There are many ways to be a good self-advocate at the post-secondary level. First and foremost, you must believe that you are worth all that you desire. Maintaining good self-esteem will help you build positive relationships with others. Second, be proactive. Ask for accommodations early and follow the proper procedures to receive your accommodations. Third, join a disabled students’ group on campus that can help guide you in being a good self-advocate. Also, volunteering your time to a worthwhile cause or organization can be fulfilling. Find an organization that can help you build self-esteem, and that teaches you the assertiveness and confidence that will be crucial when asking for accommodations at school.
If you would like to find more information on being a good self-advocate, contact your local Independent Living Centre through the Independent Living Canada (http://www.cailc.ca), or a member group of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in your province.