As Faith Community Nurses (FCNs), we advocate for the disable person. Knowing key resources for the members of our community will contribute to the success of our service. Thus, Internet is a tool used by the FCN to search and find organizations, get information on who they advocate for, know their mission and vision, contact individuals on the organization, and discuss concerns regarding individualized cases. Two advocacy websites called my attention when reviewing them in depth: The Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. (CILSF) and the Victim Response, Inc.
The CILSF is a private, non-profit organization and the majority of the staff and Board of Directors are people experiencing disabilities too. This organization was formed in 1993 due to the amazing amount of individuals with disabilities after hurricane Andrew. It is located at 4770 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137; its phone number is (305) 751-8025; and its website is http://www.cilsf.org/. There are other offices in North Miami Beach and in Coral Gables. Five core areas shape the foundation of their services: Individual and systems advocacy, peer support, independent living skills training, and information and referral. The CILSF’s mission is “Empowering people with disability to reach their highest level of achievement. Advocating for systems change that results in access choice, equality, inclusion, integration, and independence (The Center for Independent, 2016).”
The consumers, their families, and