Disability Grant For Quadruple Amputee Andre To Enjoy Better Future
by Andre Donegan
(Baldwin, New York, USA)
Hi. My name is Andre Donegan. I am a physically challenged, 43-year-old, African-American man.
A divorced Caucasian woman adopted me with eight kids of her own. I grew up in Queens, New York.
I am currently living with my disabled girlfriend in a two-bedroom cottage in Long Island, New York.
I was born as a congenital quadruple amputee. This means I was born with arms up to a person's elbows and no legs.
My family instilled in me that life was tough, but as long as I stayed positive I could overcome obstacles.
They also taught me that having a disability doesn't define who I am. I'm just like everyone else I just do things differently.
All my life I tried to not let my disability get in the way of experiencing life.
As a child and a teenager, I participated in various activities. For example, I was vice president of my student body of my elementary school.
Another example is I was runner-up in my sixth-grade spelling bee. I also participated in various handicapped sports leagues.
As a teenager, I was mainstreamed in my junior and high school. This was a challenging feat because I was the only physically challenged person in my class. I had to prove to myself as well as to my peers that I was just as intelligent and capable as they were.
As a teenager, I also participated in the New York City Marathon three years in a row. I was extremely proud of myself because each year I improved my time. Everyone was amazed that I accomplished it in my manual wheelchair.
As an adult, things were a little more difficult for me. People were still very judgmental and underestimated my capabilities. All they saw was a guy with no limbs.
I went to college, but after a while, it started to become a financial burden for me. I took out loans, but it was difficult for me to pay on my limited income. I also had trouble finding assistance in the facilities.Financial Hardship
At this present time in my life, I feel like my life should have a purpose.
It's definitely a financial hardship to go back to school.
My girlfriend and I get SSI monthly. My SSI check is $756 a month. Our bills are over $1100.Income Efforts
It's difficult for me to attend school and go to work because I have to rely on home health aides to arrive on time and be dependable.
I also don't have a van to transport me back and forth. When I do use handicapped transportation, I have to pay with my own money.
Handicapped transportation is not always reliable.Specific Needs
I don't really know much about grants, but it would alleviate some of the pressure of learning as much information as I can. When I was in school, I was a good student.Business Idea
I would use a grant to further my education. I want to become a life coach. I could take the online course in my home. The tuition is $3147.
All my life, I've always assisted or guided people with their problems. I believe I would be a positive influence. I strongly believe in the old saying "Life is what you make of it."
A grant would help me achieve my plans for the future. Thank you for taking time to look over my application.