Standing up for your child with autism isn't easy, but every parent can learn the skills to become a powerful advocate and help improve the system for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). One mother of a child with autism, and a legal expert on ASD, has advice for taking control and turning an overwhelming situation into something empowering. Areva Martin, Esq., offers these "Seven Principles of Advocacy" in her book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism. These key principles may help you get the services and attention your child deserves in school and in life.
Next: Principle 1 – Take Responsibility: Be a Leader
Next: Principle 2 – Learn: Be an Expert
Next: Principle 3 – Think Critically: Be Discerning
Next: Principle 4 – Speak with Authority: Be Proactive
Next: Principle 5 – Document: Be Prepared
Next: Principle 6 – Collaborate: Be a Team Builder
Next: Principle 7 – Educate: Be a Voice for Your Child