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Advocacy is when a person or a group has the knowledge, skills, and awareness to stand up for their needs.

Self–advocacy is the ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses and make personal goals. It enables you to be clear, assertive, and make good decisions. Being able to explain your own hearing loss is a good example of an early self-advocacy skill.

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Resources for self–advocacy

Learn about the areas that Deaf Australia is engaged in advocacy for Deaf people.

Tips on developing successful self-advocacy skills from the Canadian Hearing Society.

A checklist of important knowledge required for strong self advocacy developed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

A guide for teenagers and young adults with hearing loss that was put together by a team of audiologists and deaf educators through Phonak.

An introduction to Australian laws surrounding discrimination and human rights to empower advocacy by the Deaf Society.

A list of useful support and service organisations collected by Deafness Forum of Australia.

A linked list of disability networks, support organisations and groups for people with disabilities from Better Health Channel including networks and advocacy for people with disabilities.

Teaching resources and activities surrounding self advocacy developed by independent teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Information from the perspective of a person supporting a teenage student and how to best facilitate their learning from Aussie Deaf Kids.