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James Michael Grant Hawkins, or as he is fondly known as, JM, was born April of 2016. In January 2018 he was diagnosed with Autism by specialists at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. The doctors have recommended ABA Therapy for JM to grow up to be independent and a productive citizen in this big world. This therapy comes at a cost of $65 per hour and the recommended 24 hours per week makes the grand total $1560 per week. It is also recommended that James Michael receive speech, occupational, and food related therapies. To date JM is still non verbal and food textures are a struggle to overcome in order to prevent feeding tubes. These other therapies are an additional $30 per hour each and he receives 2 hours of each therapy every week on top of the ABA therapy.
Autism just recently became a covered illness with the family health care insurance as Alabama just passed a bill to make it like any other illness effective 12/31/18. However, the therapies are subject to a $5000 deductible and once met there are co-pays for each visit. The other therapies are only covered for 30 sessions per year and he receives 2 per week. Once the 30 sessions are completed, the total expense of speech, occupational and food therapy becomes the families expense.
The community or “our village” as we like to refer to them has stepped up and adopted JM by sponsoring him in his therapy treatments. We have an awesome community and it is filled with wonderful people who are eager to help JM succeed!! This year JM's Journey became a legal 501(c)3 charity organization and we are working together to create fundraising events to help bring the ends together for this family and give James Michael the help he needs.
God blessed this family with a precious baby after many years of being told they would never know the joy of having one. He took them through a long and tough pregnancy and held their hands through surgeries, hospital stays, blood transfusions and much more. We know he is not going any where through this journey, JM’s Journey, through Autism.
"Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf." - 2 Corinthians 1:11
TO DATE - September 22, 2020 - JM IS STILL NON VERBAL, but he has learned some sign language and works with an communication app on his iPad. He can say a few short "babbles" such as dada, mama, dede (his meme) and wawa (for water). He is doing so good in his therapies and learning so much! He is learning to follow commands such as "come here" and learning the word "no." He does not like that much, but he cooperates. Please join our village by making a donation or a purchase in order to help give him a voice! JM is a joy and a blessing to our family!
JM's Journey was organized by friends and family to raise the funds needed to keep JM in his needed therapy's for Autism. All proceeds from product sales, fundraising and donations go to support this cause. JM's Journey also strives to bring Autism Awareness to the world!
We are a non profit organization.
100% of funds from this page go to support JM's Journey.
We organize fundraisers and events to raise funds for James Michael. Please show your support by making a purchase or donation. Thank you!
The state of Alabama passed HB284 that makes it mandatory for insurnace to pick up Autism in December 2018. However, this bill leaves out privately funded insurance such as hospitals, doctors, etc. Many of these companies are refusing to cover autism leaving thousands of children without coverage still.
Please help us demand a revamp to the HB284 by signing our petition for Governor Kay Ivey. She has the ability to do this and it needs to be done!! With 1 in 46 children diagnosed with Autism each year these kids are our future. They need the help before it is too late. Early intervention is the key and Autism Awareness must be taught!!
JM's Journey is classified as a 501[c](3) non-profit organization by the standards of the Internal Revenue Service. Therefore, donations may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
We would love to share our experiences with Autism with you and we equally welcome yours as well. A good support system is very important in the world of Autism. We invite you to join our support system, our village, JM's Journey!
PO Box 942 Rogersville, AL 35652