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In this special issue, we focus on how to take care of yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic while our state and nation keep searching to create a new normal. 

 Sunny Season Challenge:

4 Steps for Stronger Self-Advocacy

A self-advocate is someone who speaks up for themselves. The following
steps will help you become a stronger self-advocate.

Step 1: Get to know yourself. It helps to start by figuring out:

  • The self-advocacy skills you have, and the ones you need to work on (such as communication, assertiveness, listening, negotiating)
  • The areas of your life in which you are a strong self-advocate (such as school, friendships, etc.)
  • The areas in which you want to speak up more and play a bigger role in decision-making
  • This resource can help you do a self-assessment in the areas of learning, connecting, thriving, working and leading 

Step 2: Learn your rights and responsibilities

  • If you have a disability, you have the right to reasonable accommodations at school and work
  • It is your responsibility to know what a reasonable accommodation is, and how to ask for one
  • If you have a disability, visit this website to learn more about your rights

Step 3: Speak Up! You can start doing this by:

  • Sharing your thoughts and opinions in class, at the dinner table, at your place of worship, etc.
  • Asking questions if you don’t understand something your teacher, advisor or your doctor says
  • Standing up for your rights if you think they’re being violated
  • When appropriate, asking for accommodations at school or work

Step 4: Team Up! Think about building a team of people you trust to help you become a stronger self-advocate. Some of these people could be:

  • Friends and older students you admire
  • Teachers, coaches, principals, and academic advisors or counselors
  • Family members who want you to be as independent as possible
Why Should I Become A Self-Advocate?

IDEA and the New School Year

Whether you are still in high school or heading to college or a vocational school this fall, you need to be aware of the most recent guidance provided by the DOE and the TEA:

Summer Top Movies and Music Streaming

Check out these new and not so new titles. You will not be disappointed! 

College Disability Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 and Students with Disabilities in College Handout

Reasonable Accommodations During COVID-19

A reasonable accommodation is any change to your workplace or the way your work is usually done. Some examples of accommodations you can ask for are: personal protective equipment, temporary leave, work from home, changing your job duties (removing nonessential job tasks) so you only need to do work that can be done from home or while social distancing.

For more information visit:


How to Wear a Mask?

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COVID Resources

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Disability Rights Videos

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The contents of this email were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H328M150022, #H328M150023, #H328M150024. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
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