Autism Advocacy August 2010 – Present
Upon discovering that my son had Autism in 2010, I began on a path of advocacy. Primarily, I remain abreast to laws, policies, procedures, budgeting & resources that help other educators, parents, and advocates learn to recognize and organize possible “red flags or characteristics” for/associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders, that I obtain through various sources. I ensure that parents understand their rights, services/assistance that are currently available to them & their families by providing various resources and conducting research where needed.
I attend triennial meetings that determine his diagnosis, in addition to yearly IEP meetings currently for my child alone in addition to educating myself and remaining open-minded in my approach and expectations at all times.
In 2011, I was afforded the opportunity via United Planning Organization (UPO) to attend the 38th Annual National Head Start Conference provided by the National Head Start Association (NHSA) in Kansas City, Missouri. During the conference I attended meetings that included but were not limited to topics such as: Social Competence and School Readiness, Prevalence of Classroom Difficulties, Talking with Parents about Autism and many more.
In 2012, I obtained my CDA – Preschool Endorsement to further aide/assist in my advocacy. I provide Basic Life Skills training and coping techniques to parents and other advocates. I counsel parents and advocates, on defining “feasible and realistic” educational, social, career/work related goals/objectives. I also assist in revising goals and objectives, as well as routines as needed; ensuring that all activities are carefully planned as to consider each aspect of the child’s disability, especially, as it relates to sensory and touch issues.
I also provide feedback or suggestions to educators, advocates and other parents = “the team” at Early Stages, Inc., United Planning Organization, and Eagle Academy Public Charter School regarding my experiences and thoughts on how services or resources can be improved or maintained. Let me know your thoughts, ask me questions, and offer me some advice! Let’s help each other!
HBIC_PHILANTHROPY started when I was very young, approximately seven years of age and not only my mother; but my paternal grandmother told me that I was “an old soul” because of the things I used to say and do. My father eventually begin to say “you little b^%$# what do you think you’re in control or in charge around here?” Hence the mentality and alter ego “HBIC” was born!
My mother took great pride in my concise intuition “ESP” at such at an early age, in addition to my investigative side. My mother was an Educator by nature, although she was a Nursing Professional. I was great at “finding out things” and “putting things together.” There were often times she confided in me, regarding “coming to grips with things” and making decisions.
My grandmother, however, was in awe and often times in direct opposition with my “old soul” because I was too in tune with the nonsense that she and my father had going on. My grandmother too, confided in me and depended upon me to assist her in various aspects, simply to maintain the farce of a home she and my father had.
I’ve always been a confidant. Despite me being an open book “at times” I’m an extremely private, and reserved person to my core. I have a niche, that’s truly God given. When I write, people…. read. When I speak, people…..listen. When I walk, people…..stop and stare! There’s just something about me that connects me to people.
Whether people like or hate me, they can definitely say I’m truly unforgettable! You’ll never meet another like me! I’m not always right, but honestly speaking, I’m seldom entirely wrong! I have an opinion and I’m going to give it. I have a story and I’m going to tell it.
Welcome to my #Virgo #Bipolar world……..
FYI: I am virtually, previously and also known as “Virgo Tiffany, Notable Tiffany, Theophany Dionysus, KeepingIt1000%, and That_Bitch_You_Love_2_Hate.” “I’ll be your #VaultKeeper or #SpiritEater ~ you decide!”