The HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students welcomed Ally Walford from the Family Network on Disability, who came out to speak to them about self-advocacy this week. 

Ally took the opportunity to emphasize the value of self-advocacy and the five areas that students should concentrate on Knowledge of Self and their Rights, Communication, Tools for Empowerment, and IEP Participation.  

Students were actively asking questions about how to advocate for themselves as Ally went over each component. Destiny shared with the class that her grandmother was her advocate and shared how she wants to help others that are less fortunate than she is.  Ally recognized Destiny’s passion for becoming an advocate and invited her to be part of workshops for other students. Destiny was thrilled and is looking forward to the experience.  

The students enjoyed Ally’s presentation and look forward to welcoming her back next month when Ally presents to the students: The Nuts & Bolts of Self-Determination