Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
Children
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Parents
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Education
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)
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We deserve to be mothers too


Dear Mr. President,

Hi, my name is Angel Telfort. I am a 33 year old mother of 2. I was born with Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and I am confined to a wheelchair. Just because my body is physically disabled, my mind has taken me further than my legs ever could. My mother was told that I wouldn’t be able to walk, talk, or think for myself. I would’ve been a complete vegetable. Doctors didn’t believe that I would live past the age of 5. By the grace of God, I am here to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities to let them know life doesn’t stop. I graduated from public school with a 4.0 GPA. But I didn’t stop there, I went on to obtain my associates degree from Pulaski Technical College in computer technology, and my B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in business administration. I was raised to never let my disability stand in the way of anything that I set out to do.
I’ve always considered myself as “normal”. It wasn’t until I gave birth to my first son, Nehemiah that I started to realize that I truly had a disability. I am a part of a program called Developmental Disability Services (DDS) waiver, which is a program that allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to migrate into society, and live a normal productive life. The assistance of supportive living staff comes in and helps with daily activities such as, grooming, shopping, etc. but there’s a small problem with the waiver program. The waiver services will not extend the assistance to my children. I have been uprooted from my home because the Department of Human Services (DHS) was informed that my staff was helping me take care of my son. I now live with my elderly mother whom as health conditions of her own. I am blessed to have my mother and am very appreciative for her support, but it is not her responsibility to care for my children. As a mother, it is mine. Also, it is not the responsibility of DHS to find placement for them if they are not being neglected.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was implemented for persons with disabilities to be treated as an equal and given rights to marry, to vote, to do anything that a “normal” person would be able to do. My question to you is, did they stop and think about the idea of people like myself having children? If not, why? My son, Nehemiah is now 3 years old and my second son DJ was born February 6, 2014. I was doing fine with Nehemiah, but the issue with DDS came when I became pregnant for the second time. I sometimes feel like I am being punished for wanting children. My children are my blessing and I want to be an active participant in raising them.
I am in the process of starting a non-profit organization called “Rolling Angels”. A program designed to assist mothers with disabilities and their children. Hopefully and prayerfully, it will develop into a peer group and activity center for mothers like me. Rolling Angels will be the start of something new! I am not starting this organization just to help improve my situation, but to empower others like myself. I want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities to let them know life doesn’t stop. I’ve endured a lot of hurtful comments and negativity due to my condition and the fact that I have children. However, I refuse to let the ignorance of others get in the way of making my dreams into reality.
With your help and support, I can bring awareness to my organization. Not only will you be helping me, but millions of Americans like I who want to be mothers to their children. We need assistance with our children, not guardians for our children. I’ve started my online petition to help get assistance for mothers with disabilities and their children. Please feel free to get more information about it and sign it at www.change.org. Thanks in advance for taking time out to read about the issues I’m trying to address, and the changes I’m trying to make in my community.



Sincerely,



Angel Telfort

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