Self-advocacy and self-compassion are concepts typically not perceived as related or as skills which hold great value when infused. Learning to self-advocate can be a challenging task for many persons with disabilities. Oftentimes people are not afforded access to information on how to self-advocate. As a result, many people must struggle to figure out if, when, and how to self-advocate. In an effort to change this trend, the present article argues that self-compassion connects self-advocacy and empowerment while also reinforcing an underlying message that individuals do not need to be rescued and are not victims of their environments. Self-advocacy is a complex process and information on self-advocacy, self-compassion, and their ability to be infused into a process model of self-advocacy is provided.
Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. T. (2015). Balancing Self-Compassion with Self-Advocacy: A New Approach for Persons with Disabilities. Annals of Psychotherapy & Integrative Health, 12–28.
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