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7 Ways to Be an Everyday Advocate for Your Child with Autism

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Principle 2 – Learn: Be an Expert

Martin's Advice: You don't need a special degree to become an expert on autism; you are already an expert on your child. However, to be taken seriously as an advocate, you must know the facts about everything from the initial diagnosis to treatment options, educational choices, and federal and state laws protecting individuals with disabilities. You must also learn the jargon and abbreviations associated with autism.

Find the critical books, articles, and other materials on autism and special education. Also, identify 10 key experts in the field, read what they have published online and/or in print, and consider contacting them personally as a resource, if possible.

Source: The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism

Next: Principle 3 – Think Critically: Be Discerning

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