Government Disabilities Grant For Wheelchair Van For Special Needs Child
(Quarryville, PA, USA)
I'm a 33-year-old single mother of three amazing adopted daughters. I am writing this in hope of receiving assistance in the form of a government disabilities grant for a wheelchair van for my special needs child.
Let me tell you about my family. When I was young I always had a desire to be a mother. I completed high school and then went on to LPN school and graduated and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.
I worked as a nurse in a nursing home, a prison and home health for special needs children. My desire was still to be a mother, but I knew a family that just adopted and the fees were out of reach for me so I researched some options and decided to become a foster parent.
24 hours of training and many home visits later I was approved to foster and anxiously waited the call. The call didn’t come so I decided to start the adoption classes through foster care, which is little to no cost due to the child’s (waiting) status.
The week I completed and was approved to adopt the agency called me regarding my first daughter Harley a 5-year-old little girl with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities.
It was love at first sight and she moved in with me April 2004 and was legally mine in December of that year. In April 2005, I was ready for a new child and started matching and was selected for my second daughter, Karolyn a 6-year-old with autism and mental retardation.
I felt that my family was complete. Then in January of 2006, my Harley passed away due to her medical condition. So after a year I started looking again for the child that was meant for my family.
I was matched with my third daughter Elaina and her yet-to-be-born sister Selena. Elaina came to live with me and as soon as Selena was born, I was able to pick her up at the hospital and bring her home.
Then in February of 2008, tragedy struck again. When I went to wake up Elaina in the morning, she had passed away in the middle of the night with SIDA. I grieved and at one point I felt the need to start the process again and was chosen for my last daughter Jeanie. She is why I am requesting help.
Jeanie has multiple disabilities some of which are: cerebral palsy, two areas in her brain not being there, lung and airway disease, brittle bones, sleep apnea, cortical blindness, as well as others.
She is confined to a wheelchair and totally dependent on others to meet all her needs. She is scheduled in October for orthopedic surgery on both her legs. They have to reform her right hip socket, cut the left upper leg bone and reposition it and lengthen all her tendons throughout her legs.
I was also informed this week that she will need to have a tracheotomy and will need a ventilator to breath at night. The goal is to do all this in the same day.
When she has this surgery she will need to have her legs fully extended for at least 6-8 weeks. With our current car she would be stuck in the house and I wouldn’t even be able to get her home from the hospital.
Also, I currently need to lift her from her chair into a car seat and then I need to lift her 50+ pound chair into the back of my minivan, which is causing problems with my back.
I would really appreciate some assistance to purchase a wheelchair accessible. After she is trached and vented she will be more difficult to transfer easily and well and have a lot more medical equipment I will have to carry.
Thank you for reading my story and please help in any way you can. I need a government disabilities grant for a wheelchair van for my special needs child