Self Advocacy Program

This program was made available statewide as of July 1, 2005.

Who should receive Self-Advocacy services?
TANF Clients who are given the Woodcock Johnson IV and are determined to have a possible Learning Disability.
What will the Self-Advocacy services provide?
  • Clients will be assigned to an Advocate who will meet with the TANF client and DHS Case Manager to assist with placement and appropriate accommodations for placement.
  • The Advocate will coordinate with Special Projects, educational institutions, training facilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, ABE and other partners.
  • Provide continuous education to clients about the differences between the workplace and educational accommodations.
  • Continually train clients on the proper presentation in the process of self-advocacy.
  • Monitor client participation and serve as a coach to promote client success.
  • The length of service will be individualized with each client according to their needs.
  • If a client obtains employment, the Advocate will be available until a successful transition into employment has occurred.
  • The DHS Case Manager may request that the Advocate work with a client who is in the sanctioning process.

Self-Advocacy is voluntary and must be accepted by the client!