Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Update On My Daughters Transportation Situation

Transportation advocacy is important for people such as my family who don't have a vehicle and have to make sure our kids get to school. This is an update on my daughters transportation situation. We have had our paediatrician fax her sensory integration disorder diagnosis to the school so we can go ahead and call a meeting to write up her 504 plan. We have 2 things we want in the plan and that is to get her on the disabled bus with her brother because the big bus would be too loud for her and she's very kinestetic so she bounces around a lot and needs a monitor to keep her from hurting herself while she's on the bus, and we want to get her in with the OT at school so we don't have to worry about transportation to the OT at the hospital all the way across the county.

I am lucky that I know what I am doing because some parents wouldn't know an IEP from a 504. I can't imagine how frustrating it is for someone to navigate the system who has never done it before. We're lucky we have a good team at our school and the staff knows us by name because we are so involved. Things are getting taken care of but as usual with government beuracracy they make you jump through hoops but when it comes to my family I'm going to jump through every hoop they can throw at me because I'm going to make sure my families needs are met and that their rights are respected by any means necessary. Believe that!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

If You Want To Raise Awareness About Autism Here Is Something Simple You Can do.

This post is in response to that ridiculous autism awareness stunt at the grocery store with the glass case. If you want to raise awareness about autism how about you donate to the Joshua White Autism Awareness Fund that will to raise awareness about the rampant unemployment in the autistic and greater disability communities. According to the Bureau of labor stats in 2015 only 17.5% of the disabled population in the united states was employed compared to 65% of the non-disabled population. And there's no way to tell how many out of those 17.5% that were employed how many were underemployed and still had to rely on assistance programs to make ends meet.

I have 2000 dollars in credit card debt I want to pay before I graduate this semester and transfer to Appalachian state to pursue my masters of social work. In order to continue my education I want to pay off my debt and save enough for a car and our move but it's impossible for me to find a job because I live in a rural county  and neither my partner nor I have a drivers license or a car. I have to pay 12 dollars a ticket for the paratransit and I couldn't afford to go back and forth to school and work every day even if I could find a job.

So all you awareness freaks can help me raise awareness about the rampant unemployment rate in the disability community by donating your money to the Joshua White Autism Awareness Fund to help give a low income college student the chance to move his family to continue his education and make his vision for a therapeutic horse riding camp for disabled people come true
 

Tranportation And Mobility Advocacy

I want to talk about transportation advocacy. The transportation administration for my daughters school is acting like it's optional for them to put my daughter on the disabled bus with her brother even though she has a documented disability.

I'm also sick of medicaid transport refusing to help us get our daughter to her OT appointments that they sent her to. The only place we can get her seen is in another county and my wife and I don't have a car so we can't get her there and medicaid refuses to do anything about it.

So I'm about to get on the horn with the school bus people and with the medicaid transport people and handle my business because I am going to do my best to make sure that my families needs are met according to the law.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Donations Needed At Standing Rock

#NODAPL

Donations Needed!

- BLANKETS & SLEEPING BAGS
- FOOD (PASTA, SAUCE, RICE, CANNED GOODS)
- CAMPING GEAR (REUSABLE PLATES, FLASHLIGHTS, TENTS, SOLAR LAMPS ETC.)
- FIRST AID EQUIPMENT
- WARM CLOTHES
- RAIN GEAR
- TARPS

SHIP TO:
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
attn: Johnelle Leingang
North Standing Rock Ave
Fort Yates, North Dakota, 58538


Friday, August 19, 2016

Gamma Beta Phi collecting donations for Louisiana flood victims


Donation Items for South Louisiana Flood Victims


Gamma Beta Phi members, advisors, alumni and friends,

At the beginning of the week an email was sent out requesting assistance for south Louisiana due to Great Flood of 2016, which is now the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. My heart is filled with joy seeing all of the email replies with individual members and chapters wanting to offer assistance. Here is a list of items that can be collected and donated:
  • Cleaning supply items: buckets, bleach, cleaning detergent, mops, Shockwave for mold, mops, brooms, paper towels, large garbage bags, rubber gloves, masks, scrub brushes, scouring pads, sponges, and air fresheners
  • Hygiene products: toiletries, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, hand soap, adult diapers, disposable razors, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products and toilet paper
  • Baby products: diapers for babies, baby wipes, baby food, baby formula, sippy cups and bottles
  • Animal products: pet cages, kennels, leashes, collars, pet food, and cat litter
  • Food items: bottled water and nonperishable food items
  • Clothes of all types and sizes
  • School supplies of all kinds
  • Gift cards in $20 amounts for Target and Wal-Mart
Gamma Beta Phi National Headquarters is asking that anyone who wants to donate items to be sent to south Louisiana to assist those in need, please send these collected items to National Headquarters. The address is:
Gamma Beta Phi
99E Midway Lane
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

We are hopeful that many of these items can be collected soon, as many local stores cannot keep up with demand of these supplies. We would like to request that anyone who can donate in the next two weeks, please send in items to National Headquarters so that they can be delivered to the affected areas as soon as possible. The efforts to recover will take months at best, so any donations collected and sent after this two week time frame will still be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for any assistance you can provide.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A quick note to my colleagues.

I just wanted to write a quick note to all my colleagues. I take my commitment to neurodiversity scholarship very seriously and I will always strive to be ethical and fair in all of my dealings with people. There are far to many people out there with ulterior motives who want to take advantage of people. When you ask for help on a project the way to get a good team behind you is to be honest and trustworthy and make each of your team members feel like their contribution is appreciated it. I plan on going to graduate school and I want to gain a reputation as someone who is capable of analysing data as objectively as possible. My goal is to make myself an asset to the school I go to so that I can get as much scholarship money as I possibly can so I can cut down on my education expenses after I run out of pell grants. So know that if you ever chose to work on a project with me that you can always expect that my work will be as intellectually rigorous as possible. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read what I have to say. I want to be able to keep learning how to make the world a better place for neurodivergent people such as my family. I've learned so much having to go to bat for my children to make sure they get a proper education. My son has come a long way thanks to his mother. The early intervention helped him go from non-verbal to verbal. They taught him sign language and he spoke in sign language and echolalia until he was 5 and then he started learning how to say the words. Everything I do I'm doing to  family and they are very important to me and that's why I take what I do so seriously. I want to connect with other people who are serious about learning to make the world a better place for neurodivergent folks.

Neurodiversity Love

I'm an unemployed college student living off of SSI and started a store that sells neurodiversity themed merchandise to help supplement my income so I can afford to move my family after I graduate from community college and transfer to pursue my masters of social work. next year.

I just added a new design Neurodiversity Love! Check it out at

https://www.teepublic.com/user/autistic_avenger

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

Celebrate you!

My Name is Joshua White. I am the founder and VP of the Autistic Students & Allies of Nash Community College in Rocky Mount North Carolina. My partner and I are caretakers of 2 neurodivergent children and I am getting ready to graduate with my Associates and transfer to Appalachian State University to pursue my Masters of Social Work in the spring of 2017. Due to mobility issues I have been unable to find any work in town. I started an online store selling neurodiversity themed merchandise and my original artwork in order to supplement my income so I can take care of my financial obligations in order to move my family when it comes time for me to transfer. By purchasing items from my store you can show off your neurodiversity pride and help the family of a low-income autistic college student as they get ready to transition to a new town. I appreciate all of the support I've received so far, and I ask that if you like what I am doing that you share this with your friends and family so we can get the word out.

Monday, August 1, 2016

My social media presence

A list of my social media accounts:


 
 

Crowdfunding Signal Boost

This is a list of fund raisers I want to help signal boost. If you have a cause you'd like me to add to the list leave the link in the comments.

Michelle Diamond is raising money to purchase a hippocampe wheel chair to start a chair share program in Newport News Virginia.
   
 
Disability rights activist and movie director Dominick Evans is raising money to replace his lift and wheelchair. His current equipment is worn out to the point that it's unsafe to use and his insurance company refuses to do anything about it and until he replaces it he is stuck at home.


Sandy Kinnamon, a mom, wife, and advocate for disabilities, died in July 2016 in Allen, Texas. The lives of Sandy's family and friends, including her 6 year old triplet girls, has changed dramatically as a result of her untimely death.

The children will need on-going support and assistance adjusting to their new lives without their mother. They will also need childcare in the absence of their mother - and not just any childcare, but care that will be responsive to the needs of a child with an autism and epilepsy diagnosis, as one of the triplets is on the autism spectrum and has epilepsy as well.