Opening the Door to Self-Help – The Missing Piece

Hey everyone and leave it to our esteemed president to come up with another side to advocacy.
For this week Donna J. Jodhan zooms in on the self help opportunity.
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Well-worn brown Scrabble tiles are arranged on a white background to spell out "Ask for help."Opening the Door to Self-Help
by Donna J. Jodhan

In my humble opinion, this may just be the perfect time to kick start a very robust campaign for us to provide various groups with self help options. There are so many examples of various groups in dire need of discovering and using sound and proven self help strategies.

Let’s just think of these groups as follows. Seniors, retirees, semi retirees, persons with disabilities, single parents, young people seeking to find their way, and on we go. In my opinion, there seems to be a very rapidly growing need to provide these groups with self help options.

They need to be able to use these options to help them cope economically, financially, personally, and technically. They need to become more self dependent in order to stay ahead of the game. So how could they do this?

Well! Maybe we could provide courses specifically geared to helping to promote self help. Example, courses in entrepreneurship, how to maintain protection of their privacy, confidentiality, and independence along with their rights. How to advocate for themselves, and how to find ways to be able to cope mentally and at the same time be able to fend for themselves and to fend off such things as stress, drama, trauma, and other daily challenges.

There may be nothing better in showing others how to take care of their mental well being. How to speak up effectively for themselves. How to protect themselves from the big bad world of scams, scammers, bullies, and bullying.

We could develop and promote courses specifically targeted to these needs. We could offer work shops, seminars and webinars, and we could also offer round table engagements and town halls. So how about it?

My final thoughts? These groups consist of some of the most vulnerable citizens of society and the more that we can provide and equip them with self help techniques the greater power they will have to overcome vulnerability.

Just my two cents for today.

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About Donna Jodhan

Donna Jodhan is an award winning blind author, advocate, sight loss coach, blogger, podcast commentator, and accessibility specialist.
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