Sometimes stuff just needs to happen. And sometimes you're the person for the job.
When it comes to FASD, there is a HUGE need and not that many people to do the work. Those of us who do know what we're working with are overwhelmed with empowering those in our care, but we have to be able to look long term. We have to want to see a better future for our kids and know we can make that happen.
So often we are upset with the current state of things, but aren't asking how we can make the change. When we look at such a big issue as the injustices surrounding FASD it can get overwhelming.
However, as I started my business, the first thing I found out was that people don't do anything because they don't know anything. They have MAYBE heard of FAS somewhere in the past, but they have not learned of the new stats that came out in the last few years.
As I tell people that the statistics are 5% of the general population and that foster youth are affected at a rate of 17-19 times as common as the general population.....their eyes get wide and they see it everywhere.
Not until you know WHO is affects do you care WHAT it is. We have to work to educate our community leaders and legislators so that they can work towards helping this population. Often I hear people say "I want to, but I don't know what to say." So I made a form letter and script for people to use when talking to their legislator.
I feel strongly that if we combine efforts of the caregivers of FASD and the individuals on the Spectrum, we can craft a movement that looks like many of the disability movements that have come before us. We must demand recognition, services, and supports.
Why do you think we MUST advocate? What ways SHOULD we advocate?