and the SPEAK™ Model
The SPEAK™ model guides individuals with chronic conditions in the process of advocating for themselves.
A few examples of spaces where self-advocacy is needed:
- in higher education settings to establish accommodations in coursework, navigate student services and advising, and to make educational experiences accessible;
- in healthcare settings to successfully and efficiently communicate about appointments, procedures, and long term care planning;
- on the job, to establish workplace accommodations; and
- when engaging with friends, family, and members of the community.
SPEAK™ for individuals helps participants prepare for difficult conversations, gain confidence about having a voice, and discover resources.
SPEAK™ for groups uses workshops and small group facilitation to explore many ways to use the model. We provide best practices for educating individuals with chronic conditions and communicate the process for creating desirable outcomes which are comfortable, practical, and accessible.
SPEAK™ is used to teach caregivers to create solutions such as: keeping track of questions, medications, appointments, and other responsibilities.