My name is Ashley Francis, I have Charcot-Marie-Tooth, which is a neurological disorder that affects my muscles and daily functions. Despite my disability, I haven’t let it stop what I have accomplished so far.
At the age of 30, I have lived on my own for about six years and graduated from a four-year college with a major in Public Administration. I have been living in New York City my whole life. Transportation is not the greatest for someone in a wheelchair. Less than half of the subway system has an accessible station. A majority of the time those same stations don’t has a working elevator. It used to be hard to commute to work because every day would be something new with transportation. It was also frustrating to rely on family or friends to get around because I couldn’t bring my motorized wheelchair in their car.
In 2015, I started the process of getting a van and that was because my mother passed away from the same condition I have a year before. She was buried at a cemetery that I couldn’t get to with public transportation. It was a sign that I needed to live and pursue the unthinkable. I received my learner’s permit after one shot of taking the test. Despite the drawn-out process, I got my license in 2018. Because of my condition gets worse as time passed, I had to purchase a vehicle with modifications worth 70K. It is overwhelming with the cost and no assistance
Having a car has helped me gain so much independence over the last year but I don’t want to lose that. I am an ambition woman that strives for greatness and has a purpose to share the awareness of the need to have more available resources for people with disabilities.
Having a car has helped beyond measures but the cost has become overwhelming and in danger of losing all I put in.
Any donation or share can help me to pursue or create opportunities. It is a necessity.
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