Sunday, November 5, 2017

New Opportunities

I've been thinking about a lot of things.   OSAC JCSA and Church. 

OSAC has been going through a change.   I was called to be the secretary of OSAC.  It's my responsibility to take notes.   It's been a different change for me.   When I started I recorded meetings and kept track of the things that OSAC has been talking about.   As a part of my position I have been asked to create a paper about tips for the jackson county self advocates.   Here's a paper that describes it: 

Before the Meetings
Flier posted around town for 6 months of dates and purpose
Monthly flier for specific meetings details
Transportation to meeting number printed on fliers so that anyone who would like to come has options for transportation.
Self-Advocate Facebook page with announcements
Group design T-shirts for members purchase
All are welcome to attend meetings
Meetings are on a specific day each month – 2nd Tuesday of every month
During the Meetings
Each self-advocate group is different so it is important to ask them what they would like to do and learn about them.
Brainstorm activities advocates would like to do periodically
Have a Self-Advocate facilitate the meeting and individuals within the group can participate in any way they choose: some shop for snacks, some set up the room, some present to the group
Agenda is always written down so people can follow it
Leader goes around the room and asks everyone to introduce themselves each meeting and answers a silly question
Sharing time is important where self-advocates can talk and be heard by their peers
Socialization time during the meeting is important for relationship building
Refreshments – snacks and goodies are always provided
Invite professional speakers that the group would like to learn more about examples: Policemen, Personal safety, budgeting, relationships and boundaries
Include fun activities – some months we just get together to have fun together: swimming parties, movie nights, karaoke, skits, camping, and holiday parties
Find people who are interested in your area
Send news on facebook to different organizations about this group
Create a live facebook video about the purpose of the group
Invite your friends to spread the word about the group

In addition I have kept track of the notes of each OSAC meeting.  I then send it to Gabrielle Guedon who is the leader. 

The Jackson County Self Advocates meetings have been a huge success.   There have been many different opportunities for the self advocates to learn.  Here's a flyer for the upcoming meeting

It has taken me a long time to post a flyer like this.

Church has changed now in a lot of ways.   I have an extra calling.   A calling is something that I'm asked to do as part of the church and temple.   The best thing about the temple is that you recognize the spirit.  You also have the opportunity to help other people.   The people at the temple are always asking me to help them because they probably couldn't do the work for themselves.   I want you to know that the church is true.   It's a place of happiness and comfort.   When I read the book of mormon (a book that talks about the savior) I feel inspired to take action and do those things that I'm asked to do.   The spirit is with us when we read the scriptures.  The spirit or holy ghost is a voice that speaks to us.  When we listen we have a good feeling inside.

I have some extra things that I want to accomplish.   That will be the next thing on this blog. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Eric's Journey with Jim Brendle

There was quite a lot of things that happened from north carolina to medford oregon.

On the first day I flew from medford to utah to atlanta to georgia.   Lauren my youngest sister helped me come up with a paper that explained who I needed to call for each check point.  When I flew from utah to atlanta however the plane had videos that people could but I had no sound to listen to the movies.  So instead I watched someone elses screen and that was ok.  I have a game plan the next time I go on a flight like that.  My plan is to get a seat thats in the middle or in the aisle.   I arrived to north carolina to get jims shuttle bus.   I helped him get a bunch of things to put into the trailer.

The next morning we took off on our adventure.   These are the things that happened:

Drove to Kansas city and got there.  While we were in kansas city the battery had a problem starting so we replaced the battery and drove to salina kansas.  Before we left though we saw a high speed chase.  It was crazy.   We then went to salina kansas.  We made it there.  The next morning we drove to a place called grainfield kansas.  It was there that the car wouldn't start.  O reilly parts stepped in and fixed the vehicle.  But while I was waiting I was listening to general conference.  There were inspiring talks.  This was the biggest night for me.   That night I watched movies until 6 in the morning and we made it to utah.  I took lots of mountain dew and it kept me alert.  The next morning we traveled all the way to medford oregon.   I was able to stay up for a while and then I was down by 7.

The greatest things I learned from this trip was:

searching on maps on the phone and finding places to eat.   I did very well with that.   I was up until we got to every destination which is pretty amazing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Recap of Events

Wow.  Its been a while.  I think the last post was on golf.  Yes it was.   There isn't anything big that has happened but there have been good opportunities.   Here are some:

Fundraiser for Special olympics:

The Special Olympics fundraiser is almost over.  I have until October 29th to raise funds for special olympics.  Here is an example of what its for:

It is time for the annual fundraiser for special olympics. If you are interested you can donate money to support special olympics. If you are far away and can't meet up with me you can send a check in the mail to jackson county special olympics. The purpose of this fundraiser is to support the special olympic athletes. The donations can be used for sports equipment food transportation and also uniforms. Please support special olympics. Anybody with a disability can succeed in sports. Thank you

This was an excellent night.  I remember a lot of things.  I shared rules of how we can be better attentive listeners and it was great to hear everyone's questions.  Nancy, one of the members said this group rocks.  I think so too.  I am happy to be a leader.  

As I recall some of the things we have talked about as a group I have not only taking each meeting seriously but I also have added things that are fun too.   Great times this year.

Last.  And I'm telling sara davis about this, I just looked on facebook and one of the osac members have stepped down.  I don't know if I mentioned anything about it or pip.   Maybe I haven't.   Basically OSAC is a program where an executive group learns different programs to help people with disabilities.  After being part of OSAC I wanted to find a way to help people.   It was later that I heard I could enroll in pip which is called Partners in Policy Making.   I learned so much that it would take me hours to explain.  I learned many things while I was there.   I learned that its important to listen to people before being a solution to a problem.  I learned that loneliness is the true disability.  I learned about an ISP.    There were many things that inspired me to be a leader.    When I started being a leader of unique advocacy supports group which was at the time the name of our group.    It was later that when I went to OSAC I shared everything about me to ryley newport who is the leader of OSAC.  He told me that I had an opportunity to be a better leader.   He said I should create a website for the group.  And I have.   This is the link to where you can find out everything about the group.

Now to finish I want to share about something big that I just got told about.

So i had to step down from osac executive board and wanted to know if you would want my spot.

I said I wasn't sure.

Then she said:
your the one person i think would rock it!! But either way Osac will be lucky to have you
Then I said: What is your position that you were doing?

She said: Advocate at large

I have called her and asked what its about. She has nominated me to have that position. That means I can be honored as a member of the executive board. I originally was applying for sergeant in arms but I can't have both positions. I can only have one option.

I am going to keep track of what's going on in my life. I will post every sunday to keep you up to date. I wish you the best.

Eric Thompson