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Government Disability Grants For The Cerebral Palsy Disabled

Need help getting government disability grants for the cerebral palsy disabled? Free assistance is yours for the asking. Start by telling your personal disability story.

Are you, or is one near and dear to you, afflicted with cerebral palsy? And are you suffering financially because of mounting medical (and possibly legal) expenses?

Take heart! We can help you in your quest for a grant. You can go right away to our "Disability Help Guide" page or you can read on.

Note. The word "grant" as we use it here is meant as a kind of catch-all expression for any type of help you can get: grants, benefits, counseling, coaching, materials, services and so on.

You should always apply for everything you're eligible for and entitled to. If you don't, someone else will. Bilions of dollars are earmarked for grants and other benefits. It must be spent.

Note that debt relief grants do not exist. If they did, people would just go into deep debt and then ask the government to take care of it. That simply would not work.

Cerebral Palsy Grants Need TLC

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CP caregivers know how to love their charge. Put the same TLC into the process of getting the benefits you're entitled to.

If you're a parent or relative, you know first-hand the love and effort that goes into caregiving for a CP disabled child.

Getting grants could no way be the same as providing that kind of care, but there is a big similarity!

You have to "nurture" the grant-getting process for it to work. It won't happen all on its own!

There's so much hype about grants it seems all you have to do is ask Uncle Sam for money and he'll give it to you.

It's much different in real life.

There are certain steps to follow. Here are the key ones:

  1. Put Your Situation In Writing
  2. Determine Grants Available
  3. Learn Grant Evaluation Criteria
  4. Write Your Grant Application
  5. Follow Up, Learn, Improve

Caregivers have an advantage over others in understanding the need for a well-nurtured approach.

Following is more detail on each step in the process of getting government disability grants for the cerebral palsy disabled.

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Before you run off applying for grants, get all your ducks in a row.

Step 1. Put Your Situation In Writing

When you put your situation in writing, it forces you to make it easier for granting agencies to understand. You MUST do this step. We can help you, all at no cost. Go to our Disability Help Guide page to learn how.

Step 2. Determine Grants Available

Countless grants exist. As a responsible caregiver, you'll be comfortable getting this information. Compare it to finding special services for your child. Online databases can make this step somewhat easier.

Step 3. Learn Grant Evaluation Criteria

Once you've found a grant program, you have to learn how they'll evaluate your application. It's quite like finding out what criteria qualify your child for a particular school program.

Step 4. Write Your Grant Application

Follow the instructions of the granting agency exactly. Show them how you are helping THEM to meet THEIR goals. Assume they only care about themselves and they don't give a damn about you.

Step 5. Follow Up, Learn, Improve

You likely won't win the first time you apply. No problem. Analyze what you did wrong and start anew. Your chances of winning improve each time. It's like knowing more about caregiving the longer you do it.

Impaired, Disabled or Handicapped?

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Words you're familiar with might have a different meaning in the grant application process.

When applying for a grant, you'll need a solid understanding of the words the agency uses.

Although the meaning of terms like impairment, disability and handicap appear obvious, they might have specific meanings in some circumstances.

The granting agency might provide a glossary of terms. If not, you'll just have to do your homework.

Be sure you understand every part of the application process. This includes word meanings and how it all works.

Most people don't put in the necessary effort. If you do, you'll have a much better chance of winning a grant.

Cerebral Palsy sufferers exhibit a wide variety of symptoms and range of disabilities.

The University of Delaware's "Cerebral Palsy: A Guide for Care" offers some definitions of terms, which we've simplified as follows:

Impairment

Impairment means a deviation from normal, such as not being able to make a muscle move or not being able to control an unwanted movement.

Disability

Disability means an inability to perform a normal daily living activity. For example, a three-year-old child who is not able to walk has a disability because a normal three-year-old can walk independently.

Handicap

Handicap means an inability to realize the same normal role as others of similar age and milieu. For example, a sixteen-year-old who is unable to prepare his own meal or care for his own toileting or hygiene needs is handicapped.
On the other hand, a sixteen-year-old is disabled – but not handicapped – if he can walk only with the assistance of crutches, but can still attend a regular school and is fully independent in activities of daily living.

You can say...

  • All handicapped people are disabled.
  • All disabled people are impaired.

Or in reverse...

  • A person can be impaired without being disabled.
  • A person can be disabled without being handicapped.

This may be splitting hairs. People seem to use "handicapped" and "disabled" synonymously, and impaired for something less serious, like "hearing impaired" or even temporary like "impaired driving."

The bottom line when it comes to government disability grants for the cerebral palsy disabled is simply getting help. Are you ready...

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