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.  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jacksoncountyselfadvocates/


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

Sunday, July 10, 2016

State for Special Olympics 4th of July and Torch Run







These pictures are from state golf.

On the 4th of July I was wearing my captain america costume for the parade.    It was fun

The Torch Run went well.  I ran 20 miles from ashland to central point.  


For a long time my family has been in town.  It's been crazy.   For a month I was mostly finishing PIP and playing golf and spending time with family.   The kids are driving me crazy.    It's been a good summer.    Next up is something BIG!!!!

I AM BECOMING AN EMPLOYEE FOR ROGUE CREDIT UNION.   I am Excited.    I guess that's it for now.   More to come.

Eric

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Much has happened since the year has started:

PIP
LEADER OF THE JACKSON COUNTY SELF ADVOCATES
DANCING WITH THE ARC STARS
New position at Rogue



I'd be happy to explain them.

PIP:
Last year when I started being part of OSAC which is called Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition I was introduced to a variety of different programs that are about how to help people with disabilities.  I applied for PIP.   After enrolling for PIP I have learned much about people with disabilities.  I learned about their past and the present right now.   As an additional part to it I have talked to different kinds of people in an interview who work in the community.  When I first tried to understand it, it was very hard.  I had support from Mae Street Staff to accomplish it.   They suggested I should record the interview.   I did.   And then I did something that I've never done before.   I listened to the recording and typed the answers as I listened to the recording.     The PIP class has happened once a month.   I get to finish it this month.  

Jackson County Self Advocates:
Since I was a member of the advocates group that sara davis introduced me to they asked me to lead them.   As a leader I have talked with them about certain things they want to improve on.   As a leader it hasn't been easy but I have had support.  Not just from Mae Street but also professionals who talk about the subject once a month.   I am starting to update a facebook page called the Jackson County Self Advocates.  We have officially created the logo for the facebook page.

Dancing with the Arc Stars:
This was quite the experience I had.   While I was leading the advocacy group someone asked me if I'd be interested in dancing in dancing with the arc stars.   I mentioned to my partner and district attorney beth heckert that I've danced before many times in my church.   What I didn't understand was that there are many people with disabilities who danced as well.   My dance instructor was very instructive on how to do the steps.   It took me a while to get used to the dance routine.   When the performance came I stepped on the stage with confidence and I did well.   It was also pretty cool that I have my own dvd of what happened.

New position at rogue:
When I was working as a lending specialist I was starting to get very efficient and accurate that when I told my job coach and her boss that I was having problems with not knowing what to do when it was a slow day.   They introduced me to a skill that I already know.   A mail carrier.  Being a mail carrier has its ups and downs but I'm still learning new skills.   I have had support from my job coach.


As an additional thing to everything I learned a valuable lesson about being involved in something.   I can't involve myself with a lot of things.  But if I have a good reason I would just say "I appreciate the offer."  "Let me get back to you in a bit".    
As an added bonus I am involved in something called parent outreach.   Parent outreach is a program of parents of children who have disabilities.    Before I was involved in this there was someone who was telling me about it.   I said I'd be interested.  Now I'm a member.

One last thing before I end this blog.

It's been one year since I've had my own house.  I'm still learning new skills.  I'm able to cook better than I could before.   I also made my own waffles.  That's the first time I've done this.    Since my parents have been gone in the bahamas I was a big help to my sister katie.  She asked me to stack some wood in her house before the movers came in.   They basically need a remodel.  They now live with my mom.  They will continue to be there until the house is done.  I don't know how long but I imagine it should be soon.   Maybe even longer.

I wish you all well.   I'll keep you updated.