Making a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Mississippi

There are more than 7.5 million people in the U.S. with an intellectual and/OR developmental disability. 

This site 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 project is designed to inform and make life less challenging. I ask that you assist me with this project, so Mississippians with these disabilities will be able to get the help they need and deserve. I look forward to working with you. 

Thank you, 

Denise Manning

Good News

Happy Birthday!

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 Today May 6, 2017 is 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 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 Biloxi Public School System, the Harrison County Child Development Center and the Pascagoula Exceptional School. His wonderful doctor, Dr. Brad Burger 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 gets 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 the day program at Brandi's Hope, which is a beautiful facility in Pascagoula, with a dedicated site manager and capable staff. 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!