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Practicing Self-Advocacy is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering transitional skills and life skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. Practicing Self-Advocacy provides adult living skills for special needs teens to meet transition mandates. It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to understand what self-advocacy is, and how to advocate for themselves in school and the workplace alike. These workbooks serve as both a traditional print version and an interactive version - using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Like the other books in this series, it contains airy pages and bullet-point information for easy, independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated, Indicator 13 skills and transition skills needed for adult independence.

Written on about the fifth-grade level*, workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-four page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real-world activities are provided whenever possible.

Lessons in Daily Living Skills' Practicing Self Advocacy include:


  • What is Self-Advocacy?
  • Why Care about Self-Advocacy?
  • Using Honey vs. Vinegar
  • ADA vs. IDEA
  • Elements of Self-Advocacy
  • Knowing Yourself
  • Knowing Your Needs
  • Knowing How to Get What You Need
  • Disclosing Your Disability
  • Requesting Accommodations
  • Document Disabilities
  • Reasonable Accommodations
  • Undue Hardship
  • Accommodations at School/Workplace
  • How to Ask for Accommodations
  • Practice Sessions to Learn How to Ask


Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance with federal mandates for parent involvement.

A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book—Doing Laundry.

Titles in the Daily Living Skills transition series include: Becoming Likeable, Becoming Self-Aware, Building Character, Building Self-Esteem, Building Self-Motivation, Buying Insurance, Celebrating Holidays, Cleaning House, Creating Self-Confidence, Decision Making, Doing Laundry, Dress for Success, Everyday Manners, Fair Fighting, Getting a Paycheck, Grocery Shopping, Hygiene for Girls, Hygiene for Guys, Interviewing Skills, Kitchen Basics, Making Conversation, Making Meals, Managing Stress, Nutrition, Outdoor Chores, Overcoming Failure, Paying Bills, Picking Produce--Fruits, Picking Produce--Veggies, Practicing Patience, Safe Dating, Seeking Employment, Staying Healthy, Time Management, Transportation, Understanding Government, Using the Telephone, Voting, Washing Dishes, Who Am I? College and Career, Work Games

Teacher's Manual (sold separately) provides tips on organizing and setting up a transition program, pre-and post-test assessments, class grading sheets, written ITP goals for each workbook to plug into annual IEP's, and code numbers and definitions for federal transition standards for each book.


A Powerpoint presentation is available free on this site to introduce your class/parents/administrators to the program.


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*Due to legal language, this book's vocabulary scores higher than most books in the series. However, every "big" word is defined and/or illustrated to keep comprehension levels accessible.

Practicing Self-Advocacy - 2 Workbooks

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