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Government Grant For Man With Cerebral Palsy To Live In Decent Housing

by Scott Andreala
(Farmingdale, NY, USA)

My name is Scott Andreala. I'm a 31-year-old man with cerebral palsy seeking grants for disabled persons.

I've had the disease since birth. The most common way that a baby will be afflicted with cerebral palsy is due to complications during birth.

When in utero the doctors did not realize that there were two heartbeats in my mother's womb.

The doctors delivered my sister first, since they did not know about the second baby.

This caused me to lose oxygen for thirty-five minutes. Then after the thirty-five minutes had passed the doctors were too late, the damage had been done.

This medical malpractice caused me not to able to walk, and speak clearly. When I was growing up, I had a different lifestyle than an able-bodied person.

Many people see me in a wheelchair and they hear how I speak and immediately they think I'm stupid. In addition these people think that if they touch me or get to close they will catch cerebral palsy.

Many people would not expect a disabled person who has cerebral palsy to achieve to a college level.

My mother and I were very close due to the fact that I needed more help than my brother and sister. My mother would help me with my everyday activities, and gave me advice that I still use today.

My mother was the only person that supported me on going to college and dorming. On April 14,1999 while I was attending SUNY Old Westbury, I got the phone call that no child should ever get. It was my father telling me "I think you should come home."

When I got home my father told me that my mother had passed away from lung cancer. I never cried so hard in my life. She was only 47 years old.

Since the death of my mother, my whole family has gone downhill. After my mother passed away, I was impacted greatly, not only because she was my mother but she also was, my caregiver, and my best friend.

Two years after my mom passed away my father, my uncle, and my uncle's friend stole an estimated $650,000 from my settlement. So here I am, a man with cerebral palsy seeking grants for disabled persons, but you haven't heard the worst of it.

My father told me that I killed my mother because I needed too much help due to my disability. Now imagine one of your parents saying that you killed your other parent.

Since 2001, I've moved 15 times. My father has been telling me since 2001 that he is taking me to court, to say that I am incompetent. Now anybody who knows me will say that I am not incompetent and do not need to be put away in an institute.

Since November 2008, a very generous local family has been helping with my needs and other things such as food, clothes and making sure I have somewhere to live. They've treated me like one of their own.

They've invited me over to their house for holidays and special occasions. They've also been buying me things for my dorm room at college and letting me eat for free at their restaurant in Farmingdale.

My life has been a difficult one and has only gotten more difficult recently. Financially, I support myself completely and times are hard and being disabled doesn't make things any easier.

I am working as much as I can to make money while also trying to go to college so I can get my degree. Once I am finished with college, which will be in about two semesters from now, I will have nowhere to go live.

I won't have the dormitories at school to stay at anymore. I don't have enough money to pay my bills and to get through each day. So I'm asking you if you can please find it in your heart to lend me any aid or help that you can to get me through these rough times.

I know I'm not the only one struggling financially right now, but I don't see how I am going to make this work out, so all and any help you can suggest will be greatly appreciated.

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Aug 04, 2011
Tired of being ignored
by: Laura Wozniak

I am with you. I cannot believe in this day and age that someone with our condition cannot get some assistance. I've been looking for financial help to make my home handicap accessible. And I've been fighting for social security disability since 2001. Someone with a drug or alcohol addiction can get SSI/SSD, but my twin and I who both have cerebral palsy have to fight for it. It doesn't make any sense. I did not cause this condition. I was born with It!

Apr 25, 2011
CP Question
by: Anonymous

I understand what you two are going through, I am a 27-year-old female and don't even qualify for Social Security Disability. My CP has progressed severely in the past few years, and I can't afford surgery. Has either one of you found a grant program available for cases like ours? And yes, CP makes you one hell of a warrior!

Mar 21, 2010
I can relate man...
by: roatecho

My father died at 15, my mother when I was 24, I'm 30 now. I managed to make it in the IT field, but it's wearing on my sight and body harshly to the point where my neurologist has suggested leaving it.

I've been hunting over the net to find any financial help for students with CP. It's almost non-existent.

Hope you're chugging along. One thing I can say, CP makes you one fearsome warrior.

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