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Q&A: Im a disabled single mother im 23 and I need HELP Please!?

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Question by GETTING THREW IT ALL: ): Im a disabled single mother im 23 and I need HELP Please!?
I became blind after having my baby girl I am having a hard time now she is getting older im on welfare and its just not cutting it I am to sick to work and I hate to depend on other for help I grew up very independent and I have no family to help me everyone has passed away in my life my child’s father became a wimp a bailed out on the baby is there some kinda Grant for someone like me.

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Answer by Mister Blunty
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If you can type you can work at a desk or from home you know!

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7 thoughts on “Q&A: Im a disabled single mother im 23 and I need HELP Please!?

  1. Justmeinthisworld says:

    yes , you qualify for disability benefits when you are blind, even if you can work.

    blindness is not sickness

    people who are blind can work, the issue is the limited jobs made available

    people who are blind are not too sick to work

    some people are very ignorant. Professional typists don’t need to see to type. they type by touch

    keyboards can have braille on them and software can read what is on the screen.

    also there is voice recognition software.

    windows vista even had a primitive version built in

  2. wispy says:

    I am also blind; I use voice recognition hardware. Moreover, I too am a single mother. I did graduate from a business course a few years ago, and concur that blindness alone does not make you unemployable, but it did take a long time before I grew to realize that. I am not working now, because I suffered kidney failure, but that is a sickness which precludes me from work. It would seem that your visual impairment is so new that you really need to rearrange your thinking to include your new and different situation. there are no out and out grants that I know of, but there are educational assistance programs to make you functional in a job. Many of these have childcare components Also, there are even educational grants that pay your rent while you are in school. So I feel for you. But noone can change your life but you. Others have done it. So can you.

    BTW The first poster is an example of how the world has alll kinds and you have to learn to cope with all of them. But perfect example that you wil meet with opposition doing the most simple things. Good luck to you.
    edit – lots of good advice here, but I suspect you don’t want it but rather you are having your own little “Pity Party” thats ok for now but for your sake and that of your child you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and go on. It’s a whole lot of work,(I know, I’m doing it). Sympathy is next to Syphillis in the dictionary. There are hands up, but alas no white knight to make it all better. That is what religion is for, and the hope of an afterlife. But first you have to deal with this life. So, pitterpatter get at er.

  3. Jewel says:

    Hi! From one blind person to another, I can suggest one organization who will help you with a lot of issues. The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest organization of blind people, not an organization for blind people but BY blind people. They can help you with learning about local paratransit, working with Social Security (as a blind person, you are leigible for SSI almost automatically, so you should apply as soon as possible), food stamps and utility assistance, and daily living. Go to http://www.nfb.org, and you can find your local chapter. Or e-mail me at herekittykat2@gmail.com, and tell me where you live, and I’ll find your local chapter for you, and pass your contact information on to them if you want, or I can give you their contact information and you can contact them personaly.

    The National Federation of the Blind has been a lifesaver for me. With the help of the local chapter here in Raleigh, NC (The Wake Federation of the Blind), I no longer feel sorry for myself, feel utterly depressed or worthless, and I am very active in my community, doing volunteer work and having many friends who are always there for me.

    Trust me, as someone who lives on $ 674 a month (and %nearly all of that goes to rent, utilities, and medical bills), I understand the struggle to survive. Without a job, it is very hard to make it. Feel free to e-mail me at the above address, and I will help you as much as I can.

    Another group you might look for in your area is the Lion’s Club. They are an organization for blind people, with many of their members being blind people. They offer support and services, grants for access technology and transportation, scholarships for summer camp, travel to conventions and meetings, and special trips that vary by area. I am hoping to go to my first Lion’s Club meeting soon, but I have heard a lot of good things about them, and the work they do for blind people.

    You say you are too sick to work. Do you have another disability? The unemployment rate for blind people is 70 percent, but that still leaves 30 percent of blidn people who are gainfully employed. Being blind does not necessarily mean you can’t work. I am planning on becoming a teacher after college, specifically a teacher of the blind, and my vision is 3/350 (for those who don’t understand vision measurements, that means that what someone with 20/20 vision can see across a football field (about 350 feet), I have to be 3 feet away to see. I cannot see much further than 3 feet unless it is very bright or very big).

    Please feel free to e-mail me, and we can talk more. I wish you the best.

    ~Jewel

  4. Anti-Asian says:

    ouch i feel sorry for you :(:(:(.Life is so unfair :(.I hope you can get a good job and have a good life mate 🙁 .Oh and btw wheres your husband,aint he suppose to help you???

  5. Teddy & Chiliswoman says:

    Read what Jewel wrote. She has lots of good advice. Having a baby and becoming blind is difficult and it is no wonder you are struggling f you aren’t getting support adjusting to your blindness. You will be able to work someday I am confident, but right now may not be the right time for that to happen.

    GOOD to see you Jewel!!!!

  6. swimmergirl247 says:

    you qualify for SSID and you CAN work. you will have a tough time (espeically if you didn’t go to college) but there is jobs you CAN do. Contact the local NFB(national federation of the blind) chapter or the light house for the blind or the state school for the blind. do you know braille? if not you need to get started if you want to be a contributer to society. sure you can hide behind the dark glasses and live as a letch. but its know way to live. the light house for the blind has local wearhouses that they only hire the blind or visually impaired, it manual labor, but its a job. also they have adult learning centers where you can take classes like braille and JAWS training if you need it.
    I’m sorry if I’m being a little harsh but maybe that’s what you need.

    ETA: the unemployed rate for ppl with a visual impairment is actually 90% and some people will hide behind that number and say its okay but others (like myself and the others that have answered before) are NOT okay with that number or are litteracy rate (35% can read) and we would like to change that. if you want to instill values in to your daughter, such as “never give up” “you have to work hard to suceed in life” and “don’t assume that a person with any disablity is any different than people without one” then you need start doing something now. like I said above its not going to be easy, but only you can do something with your life. no one else can do it for you.

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