Disability Grant To Help Legally Blind Ashley Further Her Business Education
by Ashley Honey
(Vilonia, Arkansas, USA)
I am a single twenty-three-year-old mother of a three-year-old boy. He is my pride and joy, and everything I do, I do for him.
We both live on our own in an apartment we just recently moved into over the past couple of months.
I have one sister, one step sister, and one stepbrother. My parents divorced when I was a year old. My father remarried when I was about two years old.
I was born legally blind. The correct term for my eye disorder is called ocular albinism. My visual acuity is 20/400, whereas, perfect visual acuity is 20/20.
The best way to explain what I can see is that what someone who has perfect visual acuity can see from four-hundred feet away, I cannot see the same object clearly until it is twenty feet from me.
All of my life, I have been told that I will never be able to legally drive because of my vision.
Another condition, called nystagmus, causes my eyes to move uncontrollably from side to side, although I don't notice that they move.Financial Hardship
Since I am unable to receive a drivers' license, it is fairly difficult for me to obtain transportation.
My Supplemental Security Income hasn't been enough for me to be able to live on just that alone, so for my son and I to be able to afford our own place, I had to get a job also.
To keep my part-time job, I have to pay for daycare for my son, and it is definitely not cheap by any means. I pay $90 every week for his daycare just so I can work for approximately five hours for three or four days a week.
I don't have anyone else that is able to care for him for me while I am at work.Income Efforts
I have been receiving $733 Supplemental Security Income since May of 2010.
I also have a part-time job working in the meat department at a grocery store where I earn $200 every two weeks.
My mother and her boyfriend help me quite often if I am in need of groceries, a way of transportation to get to work, or anything that my son needs.
I am also receiving SNAP benefits, but it isn't enough to last us the entire month.Specific Needs
Mainly I need help financially with continuing my education. I've recently enrolled in college at Everest University Online for an associate degree in business.
Other benefits I wish to receive would be more SNAP and SSI benefits, if at all possible. Anything would help.