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Thursday, July 2, 2015
ADOS...Attention Deficit OH SHINY!
Courtesy Flickr Cambodia4Kids
Today I am looking at the “job” of advocacy: what words are
used to describe advocacy jobs, what are the qualifications, and what are the
requirements.In the process of looking
at the gazillions (actually I got to page 5 of the job listings before being
inspired to write) of available jobs in advocacy, I found that there are many
organizations that provide advocacy for their own causes. Among these causes
for advocacy there is a concentration on young people, homeless people, and
voters.There is a severe lack in my
discovery today, in the area of providing resources and advocacy for
individuals who do not fit a singular category.The people I want to advocate for always fall into multiple categories.
Courtesey Flickr OEA-OAS
People I have advocated for need whole-life-spectrum
resources. The breast cancer patient who needs to know how to pay for medical
care, also needs to know how to structure their finances to optimize their best
position for financial support. The Alzheimer’s patient who needs to be
protected from wandering, also needs support from the constant physical
presence of multiple care givers; the caregivers also need support. The mental
health patient who needs to protect their own rights in a crisis, also needs to
protect the rights of their family members’ to participate in their medical and
Courtesy Flickr.com Wesley Fryer
Sure there is NAMI, and there are many associations
concerned with Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. But I have yet to find an
organization that is concerned with whole-life-advocacy, other than departments
of social services which connect several different resources.However, their system is complicated and often
always, my clients need advocacy to negotiate that system. But I don’t want to
be a social worker in the system of county social services and welfare; I want
to make that system user friendly for my clients.
As I continue to look at advocacy from the perspective of
educational requirements I see three avenues: law, sociology/medical licenses,
and experience. I don’t want to do what is being done; I want to do what is not yet being done. I need to find a
balance between understanding and supplying what others expect and what I want
them to see.
I get to create my own requirements and I get to decide
which education will be most supportive for my work.However, I need to continue this avenue of
research from the perspective of credibility.
NOW I’m really
excited!UC Berkeley is my alma mater.
The aphadvocates.org helps with business planning and supplies and financing!
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