Financial Advice And Grants To Help Disabled Teen Live Normal Life
by Jorge Aguilar
(Rialto, CA, USA)
My name is Jorge Aguilar. I am 19 years old and I live with my parents, sister, and niece. I have no kids.
I do not currently have a job, but I am looking for one. I feel like the jobs I would do best are working on vehicles and producing music. I have a passion for both of these things.
I'm the type of person that won't give up on my goals until they are accomplished.
When I was 15, I was walking home from the store with a couple of my friends. I turned the corner on Sycamore Avenue, a street next to the one where I live.
Once I turned the corner I heard a loud bang that sounded like a firework. I was going to turn to see what it was but all I remember is waking up on the ground.
I tried to get up because I felt no pain. I then noticed I couldn't feel anything or move my legs from my waist down. I just waited until the ambulance arrived and took me to the hospital.
Doctors at the hospital diagnosed me as a paraplegic and told my family that I would never walk again. I never gave up hope and I got a lot better.
I still can't walk normally and I most likely never will. I walk with forearm crutches and I only use a wheelchair for long distance trips. I would say I got lucky.
As of right now the only money I receive is SSI. Unfortunately, that is not enough money for me to pay all my bills.
I have a car payment, car insurance, a phone bill, and rent that I have to pay.
I have my own transportation but gas is really expensive. I take long drives to CSUSB, a college in San Bernardino.
I take medication as well, including Baclofen, Vicodin, and Gabapentin. I sometimes have to pay a share of the cost for the medication.
I use a wheelchair, forearm crutches, and AFO braces on my feet because I have no feeling in my ankles.
I collect cans in a garbage bag to help me with a little bit of extra money. I also take care of my niece. My sister pays me every other week for that.
I go to the Department of Rehabilitation so they can help me find a job. So far I have had no luck.
Other than that there is really nothing else I could do because of my disability. I receive SSI but that is not enough at all.
My parents try to help me with what they can but they have bills of their own to pay.
I would like to acquire all the benefits I can. It is hard to provide for yourself when you are disabled.
Hopefully I can get a grant so I can provide myself with food, a home, and gas money. I want to continue going to college and I hope to get a job soon.
I would also like advice on how to manage my money and how to invest it.
If I decided to finance a business it would have to be something I really enjoy.
I am really interested in cars and I like working on them, so I would invest in a mechanic shop. Everyone needs a vehicle to get around and sooner or later that vehicle is going to break down.
It is a never ending process so that means my job will be a never ending process, providing me with customers all the time.
I might need a little bit of advice. I would take some classes on financing a business because I know it's easier said than done.
I will put my mind to it and get it done no matter what. I will not let my disability get in the way of me financing a business. I just need help to start my plan.