Sprite had just completed a session with Dr Ed Needs, the Education Consultant, regarding her education requirements as a 2E twice exceptional student and now had recommendations for challenging her giftedness and extra support provisions for her areas of difference and difficulty. Dr Needs had stated that he would be available to advocate for Sprite by discussing the measures with the school if necessary.
“He said that I would need to learn how to advocate for myself too” Sprite said “What did he mean by that?”
“Well” I said “It means that you need to learn how to talk about what you need in a respectful manner . For instance if you want to make mind maps and sketches when you are told to take notes you could tell the teacher that is what you are doing so that she will know you are paying attention and not just doodling.”
We have talked about Advocacy for Sprite before
But advocacy is not confined to talking to schools.
It can also be raising awareness of issues and tackling myths about giftedness.
Columbus Cheetah advocates for the gifted by myth busting
Advocacy can also be explaining giftedness and the associated asynchrony and intensities to family and friends.
Retweet has encountered the need for this when dealing with Great Aunt Hashtag and her friends but has not always been brave enough to speak up.
Whenever you speak up to increase awareness or explain issues you are acting as an advocate.
This post is part of the Hoagies Gifted October Blog Hop: Gifted advocacy
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