Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.

-Me

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

CADI (Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals) Waiver Success!

To learn more about the CADI waiver, go here.

After quite the struggle, Sandis was eventually assessed for CADI Waiver qualification. Lo and behold, he was found to qualify. However, the CADI waiver is not an entitlement. This means that if you qualify it does not mean that you automatically receive a waiver. The next step is your “case” goes to a committee and they decide whether or not the individual will actually receive the CADI waiver he/she qualifies for. Sandis’s “case” went to the committee last Friday and God’s above he was given a CADI slot! The final step is to be awarded a “budget”, at which point you determine how you intend to use your CADI funds.

I find it hard to believe that he actually received a CADI slot after all the county did to “discourage” me from having a Long Term Care Assessment for Sandis. This is a wonderful example of what happens when families are educated about county systems and benefits. The education lays the groundwork for families to more efficiently seek services for themselves and their children that most closely meet their needs.

I can look back at this blog and I see victory after victory after victory when it comes to services for my family. Our victories (for Sandis) include having a para-educator for Sandis in school, qualifying for PCA services, and obtaining a duplicate key from the Housing Coalition for Sandis’s PCA. The waiver is just the next victory, the next step on our path to help ensure that my guy, my Sandis, is successful.

When we expect failure, we accept things as they are and set ourselves up for just that: failure. When we expect success, we do everything within our power to ensure that we are just that: successful.

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