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Bits & Pieces: Disability Awareness, Reproductive Justice and More

By Rachel L. West
The Political Social Worker

From Disability Awareness Month to reproductive justice in social work; these are a few of the bits and pieces that caught my eye this week:

University Severs Relationship with NASW
Catholic University of America has severed ties with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) because of the professional organizations stance on Abortion.  This is surprising considering NASW has been on record as supporting reproductive rights for at least a decade. Social Work Helper magazine has more on this incident.

Creating Change
Melinda K. Lewis has a fantastic post on her blog about the importance of building a movement.

As I have posted before, the definition of advocacy that I use when talking with direct service organizations about how they can ease into it comes from the Latin root word, advocare, which means “to call to aid”.

It’s about how you build a constituency around your cause, even more broadly than around your organization.

Nonprofits & Political Advocacy
Nonprofit Quarterly has an article that perfectly illustrates the importance of nonprofits communicating with politicians.

Three stories this week from locales as different as New York City and Wyoming illustrate the critical importance of engaging politicians and the political process if nonprofits want to enhance their missions—and stave off threats to their ability to serve their communities.

You can read the rest of the article here.

This Years CSWE/APM will take place October 31st-November 3rd in Dallas, TX.  ACOSA will be hosting several events.  You can find a complete list here.

The hashtag for the event is #2013APM.  ACOSA members who are on Twitter can share their experience by including @acosaorg in their tweets along with #2013APM.  You can also like and share post on ACOSA’s official Face Book page.

Social Work & Tech
Fellow macro social worker and blogger, Rachel Lendzion, has written an article on the importance of social work embracing technology.

A common thread that many of my past classmates, peers, and supervisors have shared (besides the whole social work thing) is a lack of understanding of mathematical concepts. This ignorance breeds fear of anything having to do with new software, new evaluation systems, knowledge of statistical methods, or how to use a new web browser, much less switching operating system platforms or using web-based programs to monitor their Mentions or page views.

I also recommend bookmarking her blog.  She has a lot of great community practice content.

Raising Awareness About Disability Employment
Vilissa Thompson has authored a fantastic resource on Disability Employment Awareness Month on her advocacy blog Ramp Your Voice!

On September 30, 2013, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring October 2013 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  In his proclamation, the President urged employers and those in hiring positions to seek out individuals with disabilities to participate in our workforce and contribute their unique gifts and talents to our society.

You can read the entire article on the Ramp Your Voice! blog.


photo credit: ilovememphis via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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