I picked one local, two state, and two national advocacy organization that appealed to me. The reasons why they appealed to me are listed below each organization.
Deaf Community Services of San Diego: http://www.deafcommunityservices.org/
It is a local social services agency for Deaf San Diegans; with new leadership, they have re-focused their priorities to early childhood education, to setting up a youth literacy camp, and Deaf Mentor Program. Those three issues are very dear to me as an advocate.
California Deaf Education Resource Center South: www.cderssouth.org
It provides resources for early intervention, parent education, and assessments through families’ networks, schools, and community.
California Hands & Voices: http://cahandsandvoices.org/index.php/about
It is a statewide nonprofit volunteer organization that supports families making informed decisions about all they need to know about their Deaf children.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center: http://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc-center.html
It is a program that is part of Gallaudet University outreach efforts. They provide information and training for parents and professionals working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.
Future of Children: http://www.futureofchildren.org/
It is a collaborative effort between Princeton University and Brookings Institution, a research organization. The Future of Children is focused on providing research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children.
The last two organizations have a listing of employment opportunities, but none that fits my specialization in advocacy and public policy. I think that each job will require a differing range of skills and experiences. I have experiences and skills, but they are not necessarily the professional kind. My employment history has gaps where I stayed home and worked part-time.
I think I would need a doctoral to achieve what I set out to do.