Disability Grant Money To Help Cerebral Palsy Disabled Single Mom
by Shanique Lawrence
(Newport News, Virginia, USA)
I am a 26 year old cerebral palsy disabled single mom with two children.
My son, Omarion is seven years old and is ADHD. My daughter, Shakeema is four years old and she has a heart murmur.
We are a little happy family that loves to do things together. My mother, Alvinita, is a very good support, and so are my two little sisters Shyquana and Benita.
I have never been in the military.
I have cerebral palsy. I was born with it and at three months old the doctors diagnosed me with it.
I had to wear braces on both of my legs for the first three years of my life. At the age of three I was hospitalized in Camden, New Jersey.
I had surgery on my left leg and spent a month in the hospital. After that I only had to wear a brace on my right leg.
I wore it until I was 12 old. It helped my left leg catch up with my right leg, because they were six inches apart.
They are now only two inches apart. I can now walk a little better, but not too much before I began to feel pain in my knee and ankle.
My money is very limited. My son gets $395 in supplementary security income a month and $258 in child support every two weeks.
My daughter and I don't receive any money of our own. We stay with my mother because we can't afford to stay on our own.
I don't have a car because I can't afford one. So we have to rely on other people or the bus to get us to where we need to go.
Sometimes I can get medical transportation, but that only helps with appointments. Anywhere else that we have to go we have to get on the bus.
So we stay home a lot and try to make the best of the situation. I am trying to get disability income for myself so I can better my family but I keep getting denied.
They say that I am not disabled enough but I am having a lot of trouble getting a job because most of the jobs require you to stand for a long time in which I can't do.
I applied for supplementary security income, but I keep getting denied. I have a hearing coming up in January and hopefully it will go well.
I have applied for student grants for school, but that's the only type of grants I know about.
My mother is a very good support for me. She gives me money or helps me pays for things if I come up short with anything for me or my kids.
I don't have many friends that is financially able to help me and my children.
I am seeking a little bit of everything at this moment.
I would like to work, but the only real sitting job is secretary and you usually need some type of degree to get hired.
I need student grants, because I'm trying to go back to school to study culinary arts. I'm having some trouble though, because I had already been to school before.
I paid my FAFSA back, but I also had taken a personal loan out and I didn't remember and now it's keeping me from going back to school.
I'm not looking for sympathy, just some good advice and some financial help if possible.