According to the brilliant minds at Wrightslaw, there are three components to effectual self-advocacy:
1) Know yourself
2) Know your needs
3) Know how to get what you need.*
* Peter W.D. Wright, Esq., Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW and Sandra Webb O’Connor, M.Ed., All About IEPs (Virginia, Harbor House Law Press, 2009), 87.