Self-Advocacy Academy

Self-Advocacy Academy


The Self-Advocacy Academy is a course for teens and adults on the autism spectrum to learn about, develop, and practice self-advocacy skills and being a self-advocate. A skill and role that will be critical to their adult years.

The course is taught through video, visuals, and with an interactive component. There are many opportunities to individualize and collaborate with the instructor.

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In comparison to your peers, most adults on the autism spectrum do not feel self-determined.

Not to mention that there is very little training and support to help you become a self-advocate.

Additionally, there are so many challenges for you to learn and practice self-advocacy with support in the moment.

But here’s the truth: It doesn’t have to be this way. You can be your own self-advocate & empowered to do what’s best for you.

It’s possible to go from feeling at a loss for what to do, to feeling self-confident about your actions.

And it’s possible to find your voice and make decisions important to you.

I’ll show you how.


  • 🙋‍♂️ Roadmap to the Self-Advocacy: Know exactly what you are looking for & how to use your strengths to your advantage.

  • 🔍 What (Really) You Want: Crack the code on you and finally understand which goals you should go for.

  • ✏️ A Stellar Plan: Learn the 4 ingredient formula for an amazing self-advocacy plan that has helped so many of my students.

  • 🗓 An Advocacy Playbook: You’ve got the first transition planning / services meeting, now what? Learn to get meeting-ready and confident before the day.

  • 🎉 Your First Self-Advocacy Milestone: Seamlessly get the first milestone you really want.

  • 📚 Essential Pillars of Getting What You Need: A formula that’s simple to apply (including soft & interpersonal skills) to ensure your success and happiness.

Kinda intrigued, but not sure you want to spend the cash on this course?

I totally get it, you pragmatic person you.

Come check out my totally free live training, where we dive deep into the 6 steps you need to become a self-advocate.

Sign up for the free, info-packed workshop:

Hey, I’m Tara — I’m the founder of Autism Grown Up and the Instructor for this course!

For over 10 years I’ve been supporting teens and adults on the autism spectrum. From daily living skills to job prep to becoming their own self-advocate.

Doing the research is my superpower. Creating strategies and putting research to practice is my love language. And I can’t wait to teach you everything I know.

I live in Durham, NC where you can find me watching Great British Bake Off with my partner, FaceTiming with my family (I have two younger, but adult brothers on the autism spectrum), and online shopping for stationery.

Tara Regan

Tara Regan



  • LESSON 1: Intro to Advocacy

  • LESSON 2: Intro to Self-Advocacy

  • LESSON 3: Why is Self-Advocacy Important

  • LESSON 4: Learning More About You

  • LESSON 5: Self-Assessment


  • LESSON 1: How to Set Goals for Yourself - Finding What Works

  • LESSON 2: Learning About & Trying Out Self-Management

  • LESSON 3: Ways Keep Track of Your Progress

  • LESSON 4: Planning for the Future

  • LESSON 5: Next Steps


  • LESSON 1: What’s the Deal with Self-Disclosure?

  • LESSON 2: Establishing Boundaries

  • LESSON 3: Asking for Help

  • LESSON 4: Navigating Conflicts

  • LESSON 5: Next Steps


  • LESSON 1: Types of Services You Can Get Involved With

  • LESSON 2: Why Self-Advocacy is Important for Services

  • LESSON 3: Strategies to Navigate ‘Em

  • LESSON 4: How to Tie in Your Planning with Services

  • LESSON 5: IEP/Transition Planning Meetings + Future Meetings


  • LESSON 1: Self-Advocacy in the Community

  • LESSON 2: Establishing Boundaries

  • LESSON 3: Asking for Help

  • LESSON 4: Navigating Relationships

  • LESSON 5: Troubleshooting + Next Steps


  • LESSON 1: Self-Advocacy and Your Future

  • LESSON 2: Figuring Out Strategies that Work for You

  • LESSON 3: Organizing Support Groups in Person & Online

  • LESSON 4: Supporting Others’ Self-Advocacy

  • LESSON 5: Determining Your Next Steps

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s included in this course?

I’m SO glad you asked! You get 6 modules, all in watch-when-you-want video library format. Every module has a worksheet to nail down the biggest concepts. Plus, you get access to a private community where I’ll hang out on the regular for questions, opportunities for individualization, deeper learning, & all the good stuff.

When does the course start & end?

You can take this course * whenever * you want! Module 1 will be released on Monday, January 28th. Every Monday for 6 weeks, a new module will be released. You can go as fast or slow as you like! All of the content will be in your library by March 4th, but you have forever access to the course.

Okay, but I need accountability. How do I know I’ll actually do the work?

I totally get it - and I’m a huge believer in accountability. I’ll be right with you online with a 6 week guided experience, including weekly Q&A and private community, January 28th-March 4th.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I’d never want you to be unhappy with your purchase. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, contact me in the first 14 days and I’ll give you a full refund.