Grant Money To Help Single Mom Of Two Autistic Boys Pay Bills And Devices
by Menola Miller
( Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
I am a 54-year-old single mother of six boys and one girl. Only two sons live with me now.
One is 27 years old. He has autism/mental retardation. He has the mind of a child. The second is 21 and is also autistic/mental retardation/non-verbal/albino.
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I have been hospitalized several times for severe asthma attacks. I also suffer from depression, arthritis in both knees and right hip. I take medication for this but I still have very bad days.
My depression began after my oldest son at the age of 18 went to prison, sentenced to death. He is now 36 years old.
The nightmares I have are awful but I try to be strong and hide that from my boys. They can sense if I am upset.
Because of the autism my sons are in their own world so I engage them to bring me in and they make me laugh.
I do receive Disability for them and myself. I have lived in my home for 18 years. It is in much need of repairs I cannot afford.Financial Hardship
I receive Disability for my two sons and myself, which I try to stretch. The home repairs I just can't seem to squeeze that out.
I try to find work online but the only thing I have found was surveys. They don't pay much, but it's better than nothing. Some surveys pay in points, which you can trade for gifts.
Both of my sons take medication, which Medicaid helps pay for. The oldest hits himself in his own face so hard it swells and bleeds. But since he has been on his medication he doesn't do it as often as he used to.
Medicaid won't pay for a communication device for my son that is non-verbal. The device is very expensive. I was able to teach him a few signs like bathroom, eat and more. It took me almost a year just to teach one sign.Income Efforts
When they were children I use to get donations for them but now they are considered adults so the donations stopped.
My mother helped a lot but she passed away in April of 2013. That was hard on me and friends didn't stick around. It was like they were ashamed to be seen around my sons because of their behaviors.
I explained how autism behaviors prevented me from keeping jobs in the past. No one could understand or handle them, so I became a stay-at-home mom.Specific Needs
I am seeking grants for special devices, for home repairs and to catch up on bills.
I also seek advice for online jobs, even jobs online that will train me as well.
I'm always looking online for cures for my sons and cures for speech. I would like advice on this too.