What is an advocate? According to www.dictionary.com , one of the definitions is: “A person who speaks or writes in defense of a person, cause, etc.” and “A person who pleads for or in behalf of another: intercessor.”
SKIL has long promoted self advocacy. What is a self advocate? It’s standing up for yourself and your rights, and believing in yourself enough to do so. Though many might tell you otherwise, no one, I repeat, NO ONE, knows what you need more than you do. Standing up for yourself, especially when someone else is trying to convince you of what they think you need and refusing to truly listen to you, is not only important, it is vital. And it can be life-changing.
One of the best examples of self advocacy is with your doctors and other healthcare professionals. Often, in the medical model, healthcare professionals think they know best and they can often convince their patients to believe it, too. Doctors and other healthcare professionals need you to be a good self advocate and tell them what is going on with you. And, they need to give you complete information so that you can make your healthcare decisions based upon that information.
Advocacy is not always easy. It’s not always something we are eager to do. Advocating for yourself can be harder than advocating for others. But its rewards are many. I encourage you to start advocating for yourself today.
All Parsons SKIL offices, including our headquarters, the Assistive Technology Southeast Access Site and K-Loan, will be closed until November 30, 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. I’ll be back with you in my next Hello From Shari column on December 4, 2020.
I wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Stay safe.
PARSONS, Kan. — SKIL Resource Center offices in Parsons will be closed until November 30, 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns, SKIL President/CEO Shari Coatney announced today. The closure includes SKIL’s headquarters office, its Assistive Technology Southeast Access Site and its K-Loan offices, all located in downtown Parsons.
SKIL’s branch offices in Chanute, Columbus, Fredonia, Independence, Pittsburg and Sedan remain open at this time, Coatney said.
“We wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving, with reminders to continue taking Coronavirus precautions, including mask-wearing, hand-washing and practicing social distancing,” she said.
TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) - If you get a text message about an error in your unemployment claim or asking you to participate in a Kansas Department of Labor questionnaire, the agency says it's a scam.
The KDOL said Friday that a fraudulent SMS phishing attempt is being distributed. If you receive a text like the ones below, they are not from the labor department.
The KDOL says don't tap the link and delete the text(s) immediately.
The KDOL says it will never ask for you full social security number over text or email.
"The agency is working with law enforcement and is investigating these fraudulent texts," the labor department said in a release.
"Kansas, along with every other state, is seeing a spike in Identity Theft related to Unemployment Claims. If you or somebody you know has been the victim of this scam, please report it at www.ReportFraud.ks.gov."