At many points in our lives, each of us needs the help of another. Whether we need help with a flat tire, directions when we’re lost, or comfort during a difficult time, none of us is immune to this need. For individuals with disabilities, the need for assistance is often more frequent or essential because of the many accessibility challenges both at home and in the community. Self-advocacy skills do not necessarily come naturally, however. Students must learn when to ask for help and from whom, as well as how to request assistance assertively and appropriately. Furthermore, most students with vision impairments need to practice this skill in order to become comfortable asking for help, as the prospect can be quite unnerving for many.
The following situations will help students with vision impairments develop increasing practice and comfort with requesting assistance, in progressively more challenging situations. These activities allow students to begin their self-advocacy work at home, a place where many children feel the most at ease, and progress to using these skills in school and in the wider community.