Posts Tagged ‘blindness’

Happy Endings in Time for the Holidays

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Marilynn K. Yee/The New York TimesBy Alice Kenny

Tragedy morphed into a happy ending thanks to Catholic Charities’ intervention,  The New York Times Neediest Cases campaign and support from readers like you.

Last year, The Times shared the profile of Carlos Castro.  As a teenager, he had been stabbed multiple times by thugs who tried to rob him and his friends on a street in Queens.  The lack of oxygen to his brain, a result of his severe blood loss, rendered him blind.

Yet he managed to find some work as a Spanish/English translator.

When the Times published the article about Mr. Castro last year, he and his mother, Ana, had recently escaped living in a miserable room in the city’s shelter system.

Now, thanks to Mr. Castro’s persistence finding new translating jobs,  readers’ generosity and Catholic Charities’ intervention, Mr. Castro and his mother celebrated Christmas in their new, spacious apartment in Queens.

Read Carlos Castro’s story here.

Celebrating the Americans With Disabilities Act

Monday, July 29th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities celebrates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law 23 years ago last week. It protects millions of persons with physical and emotional challenges across the United States. It prohibits discrimination and helps to enforce fair laws for the disabled across America.

The senior adjusting to recent blindness, the developmentally disabled child, and the emotionally challenged adult need the intensive care and support provided by Catholic Charities to live with dignity and in safety. Through a network of specialized services, Catholic Charities cares compassionately for the most vulnerable New Yorkers – non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

Click on an individual service to learn more:

Supportive Housing for the Mentally IllResidences for Special Needs • Early Intervention and Special EducationCaregiver Respite Adaptive Services for Deaf and Blind

According to the 2010 Census Data, 56.7 million people in the United States live with a disability, including half of all individuals over 65. Of those under the age of 65, only 1 in 3 are employed. And 23% of those with a disability live in poverty. By comparison, the poverty rate for those without a disability is 15%.

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