Tera’s Story

My name is Tera and I am very grateful that DisAbility Rights Idaho helped me become more independent.  I love my parents, but they were my guardians and made too many decisions for me.  Sometimes they did not let me go even though   the activity was supervised and safe.  I became angry and frustrated with this situation. Perhaps I needed a guardian when I was young but I have learned new skills and make better decisions now.  I lived in a certified family home for the last six years and had a good job.  I felt that I had  learned … Continue reading Tera’s Story

Matthew’s Story

I would like to express my appreciation to DisAbility Rights Idaho and especially Dina Flores-Brewer, for their assistance.  My foster child has significant social skills and behavioral problems dating to early childhood.  I allowed the school to enroll him in the EXCEL program, which was presented as an opportunity for the special attention on social skills he needed.  It was quickly apparent that my child’s problems were made worse by how he was treated instead of making them better.  Worse still, since he was segregated away from his peers for most of the day, without good role models, he was … Continue reading Matthew’s Story

Sandy’s Story

I am Sandy* and I now use a wheelchair because of a recent accident.  When it came time to purchase a wheelchair, I knew getting the right one was important for my recovery.  My doctors and therapists recommended an ultra-lightweight wheelchair.  This wheelchair was necessary because it provided the right seating system and allowed me to use it for longer periods without tiring.  It also would prevent damage to my arms and shoulders caused by repetitive use. Medicaid, however, saw it differently and only agreed to fund a heavier wheelchair without the proper seating system.  I tried to fight this … Continue reading Sandy’s Story

Stephanie’s Story

My name is Stephanie and thanks to DRI I have a job, medical coverage, and money to pay my mortgage. If you have ever faced being sick, unemployed, and without medical coverage, you know how desperate I felt.  Carpel tunnel syndrome caused me to lose my job and medical coverage.  Therefore, I could not pay for the surgery needed to correct it.   I applied for Social Security benefits but was denied.  I felt sure I would be homeless soon! I heard about DisAbility Rights Idaho and called right away.  A DRI attorney agreed to appeal my Social Security denial.  She … Continue reading Stephanie’s Story

Jeremy’s Story

We are the parents of Jeremy, a wonderful child with a disability.  We struggled over the years to find the best educational setting for him.  For many reasons, he did not do well in the public school.  He disliked school and his behaviors showed it.  After searching for the right setting, a private school agreed to accept him if he could have Medicaid funded services in the school. He began to make progress and was happy.   But this was all about to end when Medicaid announced it was changing its rules and would stop funding his needed therapies at his … Continue reading Jeremy’s Story

Elana’s Story

I am Elana*, a young mother and student.  For several years I experienced the deterioration of my facial muscles as a result of a rare disease.  This disease caused me severe pain and I felt embarrassed by this disfigurement.  My school work and ability to mother suffered.  My doctor finally recommended plastic surgery to ease the pain, stop the deterioration, and restore my face.  I did not imagine that Medicaid would deny this surgery because it was considered “cosmetic.” My doctor and I tried unsuccessfully to convince Medicaid that the surgery was medically necessary for me.  I desperately needed legal … Continue reading Elana’s Story

Donald’s Story

My name is Donald* and I am a young man who is completing high school and learning to live on my own.  I asked DisAbility Rights Idaho to help me change my guardian. Nobody knew it for a long time, but I was severely abused in my guardian’s home.  At first, she was my foster care parent.  Later, she became my legal guardian and service provider. She also abused a girl who lived with me.  Finally, someone took me out of the home and now I live with someone who is nice to me. I called DRI because this person … Continue reading Donald’s Story

Anna’s Story

I’m Anna*.  I’m 22 years old and have experienced learning disabilities all my life.  I called DisAbility Rights Idaho after the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) closed my case.  I was getting services from IDVR to help me with college.  My original goal was to complete a college certificate program at Idaho State University. When I finished the certificate program, I realized I was only seven credits away from an Associate of Arts degree.  I knew I’d have a lot more job opportunities with an AA degree instead of a certificate, so I asked IDVR to help me get … Continue reading Anna’s Story

Anne and Garrett’s Story

Anne’s Story Anne is the single mother of Garrett – a beautiful, brown-eyed, 15-year-old with a disability. Professionals have not been able to diagnose Garrett, so there is no name for what he has. He has autistic behaviors. He also has flat feet, so he must wear orthotics and he has scoliosis, so he must wear a brace 20 hours per day. Garrett also experiences myoclonic epilepsy (short jerks or spasms), treated with medication twice daily. He cannot dress himself, brush his hair or teeth or bathe himself. He must be supervised at all times, because he likes to pull … Continue reading Anne and Garrett’s Story

Jo Ellen’s Story

At Chanukah, we Jews say “A great miracle happened here.”  My miracle came about through DisAbility Rights Idaho. Imagine receiving a letter from the IRS stating you owe them $48,000.  WOW! That would catch your attention, wouldn’t it?  Well, I received a letter like that from Social Security Disability in June 2008.  They told me I had earned eleven dollars over their limit in April of 2004.  For some reason, they were just catching it.  So I owed them all monies paid to me for my disability since then.  They did not dispute my dual disabilities.  The issue was earning … Continue reading Jo Ellen’s Story