Self advocacy is at the core of all services provided by the Office of Disability Services. Students with disabilities at Texas State are expected to be active participants in the accommodation process. Our philosophy is based on the foundation that self advocacy begins with a student knowing about, and understanding their disability so they can express their needs to faculty members and others. Being a self advocate also means knowing your rights and responsibilities as it relates to your specific accommodations. A self advocate can also compromise when needed, in order to get the most out of a situation. As it relates to accommodations, this does not mean settling for something that is ineffective or does not meet your needs. A good self advocate also knows when and where to go for help.