Instruction in Self-Advocacy


Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provided under WIOA at the Independence Center

Pre-employment transition services are provided to students with disabilities to further develop an awareness of career and education opportunities, the general skills needed for employment success in any field, and the skills needed to appropriately advocate for themselves as they prepare to exit secondary education and enter the workforce or other post-school activities.

Pre-employment transition services include:

  • Job Exploration
  • Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Counseling on Post-Secondary Education
  • Workplace Readiness Training
  • Instruction in Self-Advocacy

A student with a disability is an individual with a disability in a secondary, postsecondary, or other recognized education program who is:

  • Between 15-21 years old
  • Eligible for, and receiving special education or related services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act
  • An individual with a disability, for purposes of Section 504


The Independence Center

Independent Living Skills Class Descriptions for DVR specific to WIOA qualifications

Instruction in Self-Advocacy (DVR)-   Self-advocacy refers t an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his/her own interests and/or desires.  Instruction in self-advocacy may include development of self-awareness (including understanding of one’s disability, independent decision-making, goal setting, self-determination, understanding, requesting, and utilizing needed accommodations, knowing rights and responsibilities, and leadership.


Group 1

Session 1: What is a disability?

Session 2: Positive attitude

Session 3:  Self-awareness- Are you aware?

Session 4:  Self-determination- it means to be self-determined.

Session 5:  Overcoming community barriers and stigma

Session 6:  Overcoming personal barriers

Session 7:  Self-acceptance

Session 8:  Living Well with a Disability- in the community

Session 9:  Living Well with a Disability- personal living

Session 10: Creating a Wellness Plan


Group 2

Session 11:  What is communication- How do you communicate?

Session 12: What is your communication style?

Session 13: Effective communication in relationships.

Session 14:  Boundaries with personal relationships- what are they and effectively communicating boundaries.

Session 15:  Boundaries with work relationships- what are they and effectively communicating boundaries.

Session 16:  Sharing responsibilities with relationships and using boundaries.

Session 17:  Maintaining personal and work relationships

Session 18:  What is assertiveness- Asserting one’s desires and interests

Session 19:  Implementing assertiveness- scenarios.

Session 20:  How does effective communication contribute to your wellness plan?


Group 3

Session 21:  Realistic goal setting.  What is this?

Session 22:  Rights and responsibilities- maintaining goals.

Session 23:  Decisions- making “good” and “bad” decisions.  How do you learn from decisions?

Session 24:  Knowing and understanding accommodations to achieve goals.

Session 25: How to advocate for interests and desires.

Session 26:  How to advocate for accommodations.

Session 29:  Put it into practice- independent decision-making.

Session 30:  Steps to continue and maintain wellness plan.