KIPA Group

My Advocacy



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OBJECTIVES: (Competency)


  • What is advocacy? What is self-advocacy?
  • What are examples of self-advocacy?
  • Why is it important for students with hearing difficulties to be good self-advocates?
  • What can you say when someone asks about your hearing aids/cochlear implants? 
  • What might happen if your teacher forgets to put on your DM system at the start of class?  What could you do?
  • Why might partner work or small group work be challenging? What could you do?
  • How might knowing vocabulary words in advance of a classroom lesson be helpful?
  • How might not hearing announcements affect you? What could you do?Why is following a class discussion important? Why might it be difficult? What could you do?
  • You are in the cafeteria and really want to hear what your friend is saying but it is too loud. What can you do?
  • What would you say to your friends if you couldn’t understand them because of the music playing in the background?
  • How would closed captions during videos be helpful and what can you do if your teacher doesn’t turn them on?
  • Why is note-taking challenging? What can you do?

OBJECTIVES: (Relatedness)


  • How does advocating for your hearing needs affect and benefit peer relationships? 
  • Who is there to help when things do not go well? How do you ask for help
  • How do you manage strained relationships with teachers or other school staff?
  • What are resilience and grit?

OBJECTIVES: (Autonomy)


  • When I need help, how do I ask for it?
  • What is an “informed choice”? 
  • What do I need to know to make an informed choice?
  • What resources/materials are available that can help you (e.g. infographics)?
  • What does it feel like to ask for accommodations from a teacher or someone of authority? What do you do if it does not go well?


Practicing advocacy for the situations above – putting solutions into actions (which can be challenging)
IDA Living Well with school photos
My World / Ida Institute
Role Playing
About Me Brochure/One pager/PowerPoint!!  (IEP/IPP Cheatsheet from the Child)
Develop and practice an elevator pitch where you use your own words to explain your hearing technology to others
Create brief, impactful, video testimonials