Making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Mississippi
ONE OF EVERY TEN FAMILIES IN AMERICA HAS A MEMBER WITH AN INTELLECTUAL AND/OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY.
This project is dedicated to my wonderful son Joshua, who has severe autism. I also dedicate this project to the many individuals, family members, and caregivers who so bravely deal with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a daily basis. This website is designed to inform and make life less challenging. I ask that you assist me with information, so Mississippians with these disabilities will be able to get the help they need and deserve. I look forward to working with you.
May 6, 2017 was my son Joshua's 21st birthday. I don't know where the time went. Seems like it was just yesterday that I brought him home for the first time. He was absolutely adorable in his little gown and tiny booties. His hands were so small. He squeezed my finger the whole way home. Joshua has been a blessing to me everyday since then. It seems as if God created us for each other. I needed a purpose, and he needed a permanent nurturing environment. He needed a mother who would love him through the good times and bad times. We have come a long way since his diagnosis in 1998, but we haven't been alone. Some wonderful people have assisted us over these twenty-one years. I want to thank the Harrison County Department of Human Services, the Biloxi Public School System, the Harrison County Child Development Center and the Jackson County Exceptional School. His wonderful doctor, Dr. Brad Berger with Memorial Behavioral Health in Gulfport, has made it possible for me to keep my son at home. Rebecca James, my support coordinator with South Mississippi Regional Center has been a blessing to us. Because of the waiver program, he's able to go out into the community on weekends and go to parties and other events with his personal care assistant Kiara Crosby. Kiara works with Nursing Management and is the most amazing young lady i've ever met. Also, because of the waiver, he's able to attend a day program. Joshua loves his family, especially his dad. Fred will drop everything to come check on his son. My daughter is an angel. Erykah has helped her big brother for most of her twenty years. It took an army to get Joshua where he is today. We are excited to embark on the next phase of our journey. I'm sure it will be an amazing trip. Happy Birthday Jagee!
- Social Security Disability- SSI
- Mississippi Division of Medicaid
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- The Mississippi Department of Mental Health
- Mississippi Department of Education
- Mississippi Department of Health
- Mississippi Council On Developmental Disabilities (mscdd)
- Mississippi Department of Human Services