This article is a narrative exploring the topic of self-advocacy and self-determination for individuals with disabilities. Through my narrative, I explore ways that we can increase expectations of individuals with disabilities.


Disability Studies, Scholarly Personal Narrative, Self-Advocacy

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Richard A. Chapman is a licensed mental health counselor, certified rehabilitation counselor and doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling Education at the University of South Florida, USA. His research focuses on mental health, developmental disabilities, the promotion of alternatives to guardianship, and the measurement of self-advocacy and self-determination for individuals with disabilities. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: rac@mail.usf.edu.


I would like to acknowledge Dr. Lauren Braunstein for assisting me with preparation of this article.

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