By Anna J. Sacco-Giuliani and Anne Marie OlmosIn the first year of her new life as a baby carriage, 13-year-old Elizabeth Glynn has already made friends and grown closer to other people in her neighborhood.
The three-year old girl was born with cerebral palsy in the United States and was brought up in a trailer park in Brooklyn, New York, and raised by a single mother and her four children.
Elizabeth’s life is full of milestones: Her mother is moving to an apartment in New York and Elizabeth will be the first of her siblings to go to college.
Elizabeth also has an adoption agreement with her grandmother, who has lived in the same apartment building for over 30 years.
But the two have not met since she was born.
The next time Elizabeth is home, she will be taking a ride on the back of a cart.
The back of the cart is where Elizabeth will spend her day.
In the summertime, Elizabeth will ride her cart to a park or run errands in the neighborhood.
In fall, she and her siblings will go for a picnic in the park.
Elizabeth is one of about 600 children born to single parents in the New York City metropolitan area who have received special needs accommodations in the past five years, according to a study released by the Center for Community Alternatives.
The study, “Living With Disabilities: A New Look at New York’s Disability Housing Needs,” estimates that about 1,000 children are born to people with disabilities each year in the metropolitan area.
Elizabeth has a special needs diagnosis, which is characterized by sensory, motor, and cognitive impairments.
She has cerebral palsia, which affects her movements and speech.
Because of this, Elizabeth cannot walk or talk.
Her parents, who were unable to afford transportation to her hospital, have given up their apartment and moved to another neighborhood in the borough, where Elizabeth has been living for the past four years.
As a baby, Elizabeth’s birth mother, a single mom who lives in the trailer park, worked for months on a plan to provide Elizabeth with a cart to take to school and shopping.
Elizabeth’s father, a bus driver, was unemployed when he adopted Elizabeth, so Elizabeth was the first in his family to receive special needs housing, the study said.
As she grew up, Elizabeth learned to walk and talk, but the condition didn’t seem to slow her development.
She began to walk on her own and went on a walk on a nearby park one day.
“She didn’t have the ability to walk for hours, so we took her to a different park and then a different playground, and then she got back to walking,” said Jessica Bock, who is the head of the advocacy group ChildLine NYC.
The new plan to care for Elizabeth was born from the community, said Bock.
“She didn, as a child, just get the cart.
And we saw this as a community effort to provide a better environment for Elizabeth to walk.”
The new arrangement for Elizabeth is being supported by a grant from the Children’s Defense Fund and the city’s Housing Authority.
The group hopes to get another $10,000 to build a cart for Elizabeth and other special needs children to use in the future.
Elizabeth was born on May 17 and the first day of school is on July 4.
She will be able to use her cart for school from the start of the fall term.
The new plan was part of a partnership between the city, the ChildLine advocacy group, the New Yorks Department of Education, the Department of Human Services and the Housing Authority, and is supported by the Childrens Defense Fund.
The New York city Department of Housing and Community Development is also involved in the effort.
The department’s Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) is working with the City Planning Department to create a program that provides special needs and low-income housing to people who have been diagnosed with disabilities.
The plan was developed by an ODS-funded project called the Early Intervention Program, which provides funding to help individuals with developmental disabilities in New York, New Jersey and New York State.ODDS has also partnered with the Childline NYC to help develop a program for children with disabilities in the community.
The program aims to connect them with a local child care center to get help with their learning and social skills.
The program is expected to start next year.