Getting an emergency protective order is an important self-advocacy step for surviving intimate partner violence. The process of getting an order can be difficult. Safety can be an issue, particularly if the other party plans to attend the hearing. Also, many people lack transportation to the courthouse. To make the process safer and easier to...
Nonverbal Power: Frederick Douglass Whether the goal is a new job or a new public policy, advocates tend to focus on words and facts. Here is a fact: If I ignore my nonverbal communication, then an important tool is sitting unused in my tool box. Or worse. I’ll never forget the time I attended a...
As an attorney, I know that the legal profession can be tough. I can only imagine what the experience must be like for the paralegals and other staff who work in the legal environment.
Can you remember a time when someone close to you advocated? What does that memory mean to you today?
Advocacy happens every day in our world. This month, City of Raleigh workers are setting a fantastic example of advocacy. I took a closer look at their strategy by comparing their actions to the self-advocacy steps that I teach in the SAY IT Program. The situation, as outlined in a news story about it, is...
This weekend, my daughter and I saw the Raleigh Little Theatre’s exuberant production of “Grace for President.” Afterward, actor TaMya Bland interviewed Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes about her leadership.
I had the opportunity recently to thank a key ally in North Carolina’s recovery movement: North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.
When I think of my work, I often think of Frida Kahlo. For me, her art inspires self-advocacy. Here are three reasons you may also feel inspired.
There is a new resource on the web for recovery language: Addiction-ary. This useful guide explains terms, identifies stigmatizing words, and provides de-stigmatizing alternatives.
People in recovery, their families, and the public are invited to attend events during National Recovery Month in September.