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  • #16
    Originally posted by Mom15 View Post
    Since my last post my son is now getting SSI. He is a high school graduate and enrolled in college this fall in a neighboring state. This school has tunnels above and below ground so very accessible for wheelchairs. My question is does anyone know if the department of vocational rehabilitation is hard to be accepted too? He had an appt almost two months ago and the DVR specialist stated that he may or may not be accepted and if not he will be put on a waiting list. He is contacting the college about student and parent loans too.
    If he is on SSI and has a SCI I don't think VR would decline him. If they do go above whoever says that and appeal the decision. Don't forget to apply for scholarships at the school. The deadline for Fall 2012 is probably past but keep it in mind for next year. He needs to apply for Federal Student Aid, today! I'm not sure if he is living at home and considered your dependent? I don't know your [his parents] income situation. He may qualify for a Pell grant that could cover a great deal if not all of his school costs. VR pays so much per credit hrs too. Here is a link for federal financial aid. Fill it out asap if you haven't already. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.

    http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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    • #17
      Thank you November,
      We did already do the fasa and he does not qualify for grants. DVR said they hopefully will know by the end of next week. He has been diligent in applying for whatever he can. Would he apply for federal student aid online with the college?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mom15 View Post
        Thank you November,
        We did already do the fasa and he does not qualify for grants. DVR said they hopefully will know by the end of next week. He has been diligent in applying for whatever he can. Would he apply for federal student aid online with the college?
        I'm not sure I understand your question. The federal student aid is FAFSA. When you filled out the FAFSA you did list his college I assume.
        Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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        • #19
          yes, we did the FAFSA. The school is sending information to him. Sorry about the confusion. The FAFSA stated that he was not eligible for the Pell Grant.

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          • #20
            Has he thought about going to a school in the state you live in? At least for the first two years. Is there any possibility of him getting his own place so your income doesn't disqualify him from some assistance?
            Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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            • #21
              november, My work insurance will not cover him then. At this time insurance seems more important than more help with school. He was accepted by DVR and will see about maybe some help with tuition. The reason he is going out of state is the school is more accessable and not as large as the State schools here. We will work it out somehow thanks for all your suggestions. I was just hoping we covered all our bases. Sounds like we have.

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              • #22
                Glad VR will help!
                Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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                • #23
                  Also, please keep in mind if you have not already. That he most likely will need to apply to the DVR in the state where he is attending college. This might allow more assistance for things they feel necessary. Typically, they will review the plan laid out by the previous state and then add things state specific. I know my brother was able to get assistance even with gas to and from PT while at college in a different state.
                  Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                  • #24
                    what kind of programs are out there to help someone that is working but can't afford some things...are there any grants?????? I am wanting a handcycle to improve my health.

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                    • #25
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                      • #26
                        I get LTDI and SSDI via work and government. Am pretty sure the LTDI goes until 65. Initially injured I had STDI, but this only lasted a number of days. Do not remember how many. All of what I said here IS based on not workkng. I am pretty sure, if I even went back to work I still get the disability income for a fixed number of days based on a temporary back to work or permanent.

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                        • #27
                          For retirement purposes, whenever retirement should come to those of us living with disability, a Special Needs Trust can be a good idea if funds are available. The funds from such a trust can cover everything from housing costs to transportation needs to annual vacations and do not affect disability payments.

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                          • #28
                            Canada has the Registered Disability Savings for that ... it's an excellent deal though it's difficult to plan for the unknown.
                            Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                            T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by elizabeth422 View Post
                              what kind of programs are out there to help someone that is working but can't afford some things...are there any grants?????? I am wanting a handcycle to improve my health.
                              In Iowa, there is the "Iowa Works" program whose charter includes helping people with jobs keep working. They helped pay for my wheelchair van.

                              Don't know if your state has something similiar....

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                              • #30
                                I receive ssi and ssdi because i was injured (tetra) when i was 16 years old.i recentely started receiving ssdi because my father retired a couple years back and am eligible because of his work credits...i never had a job because i was injured so young..i am 30 years old now and have a son of my own... I tried filing to get my son his children's benefits but was denied because i do not have any work credits...i live in Texas and don't know all the rules and overtime i do read through them i get more confused. My sons mother though has worked her whole life but is not the disabled one. My question is can i file for my sons benefits under his mothers work credits? Also i receive next to nothing from ssdi is it worth my time to try and hire a lawyer to get an increase in my ssdi check?

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