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Self-advocacy is an individual understanding their strengths and needs, identifying personal goals, knowing legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others. An individual who thoroughly understands their strengths and weaknesses are able to learn and develop, even when faced with adversity. For example, if a person knows they are able to more effectively learn an alternative way of learning, this person is able to apply their system of learning, without becoming discouraged. This type of person knows their strengths and is aware of the fact they are learning information through alternative routes, and perhaps, at a different pace than others.

Self-advocacy is crucial for problem-solving and building self-esteem. As everyone is unique, people have different strengths and weaknesses. Instead of comparing individual weaknesses to others strengths, self-advocacy shows individuals that everyone is different. Where some people are stronger than you in different areas, you too are stronger than they are in different areas. Rather than becoming discouraged, a person, who employs self-advocacy skills, will find a way in which they are able to use their strengths to overcome their weakness.