Dreaming for Others

As I go through this phase of my life, I feel I have accomplished some things that are very significant for me. I may be just over-estimating my measure of success but still, I owe myself that for working hard after all these years.

Dine has commented in a recent post I wrote about me making an advocacy in helping those who need help regarding getting or giving services to the families of children with special needs who cannot afford the exorbitant sky-high fees that the therapy centers (and therapists) charge.

Truth is, there are a lot of families with children who are in need of these services and they do not even know that these services exist. If they do, they probably wouldn’t be able to afford these anyway.

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The Weekly Question #13 for this week will focus on dreams: the dream for others.

We may not be as rich as other people, nor can we even have resources like others have, but we can dream for others, can we? I know we do, even if sometimes we feel we also need help but in some ways, we are more fortunate than others. The fact that we are online and blogging about our thoughts tell us that it is so.

We dream of setting our sights to an advocacy or perhaps getting involved or maybe even putting up a foundation to help those people who have touched our hearts and moved us to tears.

We may not have realized this yet but deep within us, we care and we want to do something about it. This may not be the time for it yet but we will know when it is the right time.

Weekly Question #13

If you were to decide what advocacy would you like to campaign for as an advocate or being involved in a foundation, what sector of the society would you like to serve?

My answer:

If I were to support an advocacy or a foundation, that would be setting time aside to help families with special needs children who cannot afford getting services for the children due to financial constrains. I would like to focus on the families because they are the ones who know their children best and who can help their children the most.

How?

By keeping them informed. By letting them know that they can do things for their children even without spending a fortune for therapy services.

How?

To those who haven’t been given evaluation/assessment, these services will be given to them. Then a plan of action involving their families can be done so that they can maximize using strategies to help their children in the day to day management, involving the different issues that they need to address.

I know its a long shot to becoming a reality but still, I can dream, can I?

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  4. I left my share last week for this entry, maybe its your or my connection that is not working. I’ll repost the link and hope it will get through this time. Thanks!

    http://myracounteurattempt.blogspot.com/2008/08/weekly-question-13.html

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  6. yes you can and what a novel dream for these children with special needs. props to you for these post.

    here’s my contribution:
    http://myracounteurattempt.blogspot.com/2008/08/weekly-question-13.html

    grazie e a prossima!

  7. faeryrowan, I used to do volunteer work too, when I was much younger πŸ™‚

    I wish to do this again, but not this soon, I am not ready yet.

  8. Maiylah, thanks for the encouragement πŸ™‚

  9. Thank you, Lisaflor πŸ™‚

    I will look for that movie that you mentioned.

  10. Hay Cookie, soon, maybe, the timing and the signs should be there. I still have to do other things for my family.

    The idea is a good one and I know that many people will warm up to it. Thanks for the encouragement πŸ™‚

  11. Thank you Rachel πŸ™‚

  12. Dine, you make it sound so easy πŸ˜€

    Have been a volunteer for some time when I was in college with a non stock, nonprofit org for special children. It was quite taxing and I was able to observe how dedicated and hardworking the people are behind the it. For now, I can’t afford to do that yet πŸ™‚

  13. imom, I know it is still a long shot and circumstances are now different from my volunteering ways when I was still single. In due time, perhaps πŸ™‚

  14. This is a very interesting and inspiring question, Teacher Julie. I’m a big fan of advocacy and volunteer work, and this really got me thinking about some of the things that I did back then, and hoping to be able to do them again now. I just had mine up. Sorry for posting this late in the week. Been down with an illness. πŸ™

  15. it’s a good dream, T. Julie. am sure with your experience you can make it happen .. πŸ™‚

    posted mine already. πŸ™‚

    take care!

  16. I posted my WQ post na rin, hehe. Great idea (the WQ), and great vision (on helping kids w/ special needs). Info drive is really important, kasi these kids really need the support of their families. It’s sad when family members label the kids “abno”, etc. when they can actually be trained and educated like the rest of us. … πŸ™‚ ( I remember the movie “The Other Sister”, yung nagkatuluyan na parehong autistic?)

  17. To use the word of Chats, this is a noble cause. Maybe you can start small muna..like an information campaign. You know naman that many of our kababayans are so misinformed. Just holler if you need help kung sakaling maumpisahan mo na ito πŸ™‚

    Mine’s up. Sinabay ko na pati yung last week. Wasn’t able to do it kasi πŸ™‚

  18. I admire how much you are driven to help families of children with special needs. May you dream materialize.

    I posted mine here.

  19. it’s not a far shot, Julie. at this point in time, i do not see anyone doing it, maybe, you just need to start the ball rolling, and many others will follow suit–all for the sake of these special children who need all the support that they can have. good luck

  20. It’s a noble dream, Julie. And I’m sure with your devotion as a SPED teacher, it can become a reality. πŸ˜‰

    I like this WQ. I’m thinking of mine now.

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