For as long as I can remember, I have been doing various fundraising and advocacy items through the ADA.  In my last year of school, I took an advocacy class to complete my early childhood degree.  Since children are the most vulnerable population and have no voice when it comes to getting change, it is a vitally important part of my degree.  For my part of this, I used a lot of my advocacy time with the ADA.   The reasoning is as simple as it is much easier to find and there is much more information to be found.  My question is, why is there so little to advocate for in a public forum on JDRF.  I understand that the focus of JDRF is on children, which I love, but for those of us who grew up and are now adults and can speak to get change for children and for the benefit of others with type 1, why has JDRF made this so difficult?

(joshscot) #2

That is actually a really good question.  When I was first reading your post I was thinking "JDRF actually does a really good job of promoting advocacy."  However, I am the parent of a child with type 1 diabetes, so I come at it from more of a child's point of view (my wife would definitely not argue with me here).  When I read your last sentence though I understood what you are were saying.

From my experience, JDRF has been very open to new ideas that benefit both children and adults.  Have you tried to contact either your local chapter or the national office with some ideas?