Today's post is about Jonathan Ortiz.
Jonathan was diagnosed with Infantile Cerebral Palsy, quadriplegia.
As Jonathan's Mother, Claudia describes:"No one is prepared to have a child with special needs, I definitely wasn't! The first time I took him home after being in the hospital for a little bit more than a month, I just closed my mind. Physically my child looked fine, I didn't see any disability. It was when he wasn't rolling over, when he didn't sit by himself and all the other things babies do, I just had to open my eyes and try to do the best for him."
At first, Claudia was afraid to reach out, and then even more afraid that she wouldn't get him the help Jonathan needed. At 2, he was barely crawling to get around. Being raised in a family, where people kept their problems to themselves didn't help. But watching Jonathan struggle was enough to show Claudia that she and her husband, Victor, needed to reach out for Jonathan's best interests.
One of the groups that Claudia found, was Variety Club! When she realized there were programs and opportunities available for those things out of reach for Jonathan, she felt relief. The United Cerebral Palsy group, also in the Palm Springs area, work with families like Jonathan's to get him the services and equipment he needs.
These available programs and opportunities, once thought out of reach, are now starting to help Jonathan and his family.
Claudia states it best:
"Jonathan's happiness, has been my motivation! He has taught me the idea of never giving up when it comes to reach out for something he wants. The good things that have come into our lives, is realizing that out there they are people with many different needs, you see the world with different eyes."
Congratulations to Jonathan, Claudia and Victor for reaching out and finding that what you need is out there!