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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.


Disability Issues

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.

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May 22, 2015
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Online Education
by: SheilaKay Paris

Andre,

You absolutely amaze me! To be born with such a significant disability and still have such a positive attitude is... well, I'm speechless for once! LOL

I believe you would make an amazing life coach. Have you been able to find the right resources to help you in that area? Have you had time to get into Don's Workbook yet? He has great resources there.

Don also supports the work of Brian Therrien who also has a heart for the disabled. He has a website I'll put the link for below, and of course, like Don's, there is no cost to you. You don't need any more expenses, you need income. Work on this and I'm sure you will find it either with Don's Workbook or here:

Disability Digest

His services include (but are not limited to):

Getting Approved For Disability
How To Maximize Your Benefits
How Much You Can Legally Make
Reliable Jobs And Income
How To Find Affordable Housing
Disabled Grants
Financial & Health Care Assistance

So, Andre, you keep up that positive attitude. A lot of folks here could sure benefit from it, it's infectious. Keep us posted too on how you are doing. I'd like to see you get that certificate soon.

Many blessings!

Mar 25, 2015
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you for publishing my story.

Mar 15, 2015
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On to the workbook!
by: Don from Ability-Mission.org

Andre,

Courageous story! Now use the workbook, which shows you how to make your story work for you.

Best regards,
Don Coggan

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