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In Support My Views
    It is likely that the changes that you are working for will be made. However, you must follow up to ensure that all agreements reached are carried out and that promises made are promises kept. This involves clarifying when changes should be expected and who will be responsible for them. It also involves checking to see if agreements are actually implemented

     In many situations one or more of the steps described above must be repeated. For example, you might decide you need more information after you have moved beyond your information gathering phase. In some cases you might decide to redefine the problem midway through the assertive action stage. Do not be discouraged if this happens. It is better to take time to rethink your plan than to stick with a plan that is not working. Effective self advocacy requires critical analysis, flexibility, and determination to see the problem through to its resolution.

Assertive Action 

    In the assertive action stage, you carry out or implement the plan you have researched and developed. This action might involve very few steps or it might involve a whole series of events and involve many people. An important element of success is the use of good communication skills. These skills include an assertive attitude, active listening, appropriate nonverbal behaviors, the use of well chosen advocacy communication techniques and negotiation strategies. 

Adapted with permission from: "Don't Get Mad Get Powerful, A Manual for building Advocacy Skills," MI P&A
Date: _____________________ 
The problem is: _________________________________________________________
Information I already have: _________________________________________________
Information I still need to obtain: _____________________________________________
My Arguments: __________________________________________________________ 
Arguments the Other Party Might Make
My Counter Arguments: 
1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
My Plan: ______________________________________________________________ 
If My Plan Doesn’t Work: _________________________________________________ 
Results: _______________________________________________________________ 
Agreements Reached: ____________________________________________________ 
Date When Agreements to be Implemented: ___________________________________
Responsible Person: _______________________________ Title: __________________ 
Telephone: _______________________________       Fax: ______________________
Address: __________________________________    E-mail: ____________________

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