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Disability Grant For Accident Plagued Mom To Get Disabled Friendly Home

by Suzanne Bagnasco
(Hixson, TN, USA)

My name is Suzanne Bagnasco. I am a divorced mother of a 16-year-old daughter, who has a type of Autism called Asperger's Syndrome.

Our family also consists of our seven self-appointed therapy pets.

My daughter and our pets are my life. The pets help to cope with our challenges.

Disability Issues

I first injured my knee when I was 13 years old playing a friendly backyard game of baseball one summer.

In 1986, I was involved in a car accident (leaving my driveway) that resulted in a partial permanent low back disability and knee disability.

There were consecutive accidents that led to more damage.

In July 1999, I underwent a total left knee replacement, knowing I may never live pain free.

During a move in March 2003, a semi-trailer hit us. This has given me migraines, fibromyalgia and herniated discs in my upper neck and back.

I cannot sit for eight hours a day nor can I stand for long periods. This makes it nearly impossible to get gainful employment.

Financial Hardship

I am currently behind on my rent and facing eviction.

I am on Social Security of $789 a month and my daughter receives a small check under me as child of a disabled parent and that is $204 a month.

I cannot afford a vehicle of our own.

I cannot afford my copays to be on any of my 14 prescription medications. I need a walker but did not have the copay for it.

Once I pay rent, utilities, pet food and extra groceries I am broke for the month.

The financial situation I am in takes its day-to-day toll on me.

Income Efforts

I am not able to work outside my home. I have not been able to find any legitimate work-at-home jobs.

My income is Social Security Disability and child support, when it shows up.

We do not have any family or real friends to turn to for help.

I am unable to get anywhere to apply for work.

I am currently in college.

Specific Needs

I am seeking a grant so I can purchase a disability-friendly home and so I can provide my daughter with a real home that will suit her needs.

I also would like to purchase a newer vehicle, such as a disabled-friendly minivan and furniture for our home.

A grant would allow me also to live a more comfortable life, having a disabled-friendly home.

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Sep 15, 2013
Contact us
by: Don from Accessible.org


Please contact me via the contact form:

I'll be able to get you answers more quickly.

Don from Accessible.org

Sep 15, 2013
Hi Don
by: Sue Bagnasco

I wasn't sure if I have to update my request since things have changed a little, since we are no longer in Tennessee. Thanks.

Sep 15, 2013
How to contact us...
by: Don from Accessible.org

Hi Sue,

I'm not sure who you were trying to send an email to. If you wish to contact Accessible.org, just go to the contact us page on this site.

If you're referring to an organization you've applied to, let us know and we'll help follow up with them.

Don from Accessible.org

Sep 14, 2013
by: Sue Bagnasco

Is it necessary to update if things have changed (such as location)? If so, how do I do this? I had emailed the person listed in the emails I receive but have not received a reply back yet.
Thank you.

Jul 31, 2013
Wounded Knee in Tennessee
by: Ken

Hi Suzanne,

Sorry to hear about your situation. It sure seems that governments don't know what to prioritize when it comes to people with disabilities. I have found a few sites that may be of some assistance to you:



This site gives you a phone number to call. It is to the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) I hope that these people can help you or at least have some advice on who to call. Accessible.org also has links to and tips for grants and funding.

Best wishes,

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