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Disability Grants To Help Cerebral Palsy Disabled Andrew Find Suitable Work At Home

by Andrew Webb
(Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA)

Andrew Webb
My name's Andy Webb. I was born in 1972. I am currently 44 years old. I live with a roommate who shares the same passion as myself for playing video games.

I have many friends who like to come over to visit. I'm always there to listen to anyone's personal problems and to offer solutions as needed.

My hobbies include art, music, movies and literature.

My parents live not too far away from me, and are also there to help.

Disability Issues

I have had Cerebral Palsy since birth. Throughout my life, I've lived a life filled with challenges. By challenges, I mean simple stuff, such as tying my own shoes.

The severity of the Cerebral Palsy is on the left hemisphere of my brain, which greatly affects the motor skills on my right side.

This also creates a major speech impediment, and I often stutter my words as a result.

My motor skill severity as a result of the Cerebral Palsy also limits my mobility, requiring the use of a wheelchair if I have to walk too far. That said, I can walk short distances, often with or without the help of a brace.

I also have other conditions that I deal with on a daily basis, such as bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

These conditions are less severe nowadays than the Cerebral Palsy, but still affect my daily life. These challenges have led me to accept myself and my faults.

Financial Hardship

In 2009, I received the opportunity to purchase my own house. After doing the math, my bank approved me for a loan to buy my first house.

Because I receive $1,093 in Social Security Disability benefits, the rate given to me was intended to make ownership possible. Unfortunately, that is not quite the case, as other bills relating to the house make finances difficult for me.

My roommate provides assistance, but in order for this to continue, I must provide additional assistance myself.

My roommate currently works as a personal support staff through Suncoast New Options, and because of this, if he gets a job somewhere else, I lose my personal supports.

The payments I make each month for bills and mortgage provide me little room for growth in my goals, leading to further financial hardship.

Income Efforts

While I do have SSDI, the majority of my income efforts have been focused around getting work, be it in the community, or as a work-from-home job.

I am also trying to sell items I find from others and flea markets on the Internet, although my efforts to start this endeavor have not been very good.

Specific Needs

My specific need is obtaining employment that is appropriate and beneficial to my situation. To this end, I've gone through the Vocational Rehabilitation process, with no success at all.

The reason for this includes an over-concern with testing my disabilities over acquiring a job, and taking far too long to acquire a job. This process lasted for three years before anything happened!

When a job was acquired through them, I was only offered work that had nothing to do with my abilities, making the job extremely difficult at the time. I was also without my supports at that time.

One of the problems that I am always faced with when I have a task to do is making sure that I can get the task done, with the help from my own personal assistant.

I can do certain tasks; for others I need to be assisted. This reasoning has everything to do with my disabilities.

I have been denied employment for this reason. Because of needing an assistant, as well as considerations against my disabilities, no one has given me a chance yet.

Those that have considered it, such as disability rights programs, have not contacted me past the initial "meet and greet." This as a result has lowered my self-esteem tremendously.

Also, because of my limited Social Security benefits ($1,093/month), I am having trouble financially as well, hence the need for a job.

My roommate provides assistance, but in order for this to continue, I must provide additional assistance myself.

The payments I make each month for bills and mortgage provide me little room for growth in my goals, which would be solved with employment.

The goal of employment will be to supplement my income, and possibly not replace it, so that I may keep my benefits. This is of course, unless the wage outweighs the benefit of the SSDI.

Another specific need is for grants to start my own business if finding employment does not work for me.

Business Idea

My business idea is to start up a for-profit organization that benefits the needs of individuals with disabilities. The goal is to help train individuals who are developmentally disabled skills to increase their independence.

To be able to do this, I need grant money to get started, and once established, I should be able to operate on my own.

The main reason I would like to pursue this objective has to do with the state of Florida and the assistance programs provided to individuals with disabilities.

In a sentence, it needs drastic improvement.

Florida's "Day Programs" provide little to no advancement in today's hectic society, and no educational opportunity to speak of for these individuals. Therefore, I wish to bridge this gap, and give these individuals the opportunities they deserve.

Whether I am given employment, or can start this business, I'm ready to do what's needed to make this goal a reality!

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Jan 31, 2017
The Workbook is key
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Andrew,

Congrats on getting your story published! In doing so, you've acquired valuable hands-on experience in responding to precise instructions, the very kind that you will encounter when applying for help of any kind.

You've now earned the right to access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Don Coggan

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