I am on disability for autism and PTSD and if it weren't for my parents, I would be in a worse spot. I started struggling a lot after graduating from
college. My mom helped me get on disability (which took a few tries) and get housing help. I pay for all of my bills myself, and I get medical
assistance, and I get food stamps.
I use CraigsList a lot to buy expensive things that I need and do other things like that to save money. I don't have much spending money, but my
parents help me out sometimes when they can. For example, I got handed down my grandmother's television and some of her furniture when she died.
I am lucky to have a support system with an excellent psychiatrist and counselor and a lady who comes to my house a few times a week to help me with
My goal is to get off of disability slowly but surely! I am going to go back to school part-time and hopefully (this would be a positive outlook) be
working in the next three years, maybe starting out part-time with 20 hours a week or something.
I have been searching for part-time work and tutoring in the meantime but am going back to school in the fall part-time.
I am lucky the system worked out for me, but it was mostly my parents who helped me out. They helped me navigate the hoops to get government
assistance for one (someone who is disabled would have a hell of a time figuring this stuff out for themselves!), and are there for me with little
things like making me dinner every once in a while.
Without my parents, I would have ended up in a worse spot.
The O.P. is doing really well getting those jobs! I wish him or her luck in the future. It is scary to think of what happens when his mom passes away,
because I bet she is supporting him in a lot of ways.
Last of all, being on disability myself I will disclose the secrets: I get $730 a month to live on and $120 food stamps. I have to pay rent and
electricity, and other things besides that. Like I said I need this help at the moment, but I am still hoping to work my way off.
17amMon, 17 Aug 2015 02:02:56 -0500kbamkAmerica/Chicago by darkbake because: (no reason given)