SOURCE: AID Foundation

AID Foundation

June 21, 2016 09:00 ET

AID.org Helps Woman Walk for the First Time in 5 Years

Michelle Receives Gift of Independence After Devastating Diagnosis

ENGLEWOOD, FL--(Marketwired - June 21, 2016) - Michelle Osterberg spent years as a pin cushion for doctors who were trying to figure out her diagnosis. Michelle's husband Glen started noticing his wife losing balance, falling, losing eye sight, and ultimately losing the ability to stand and walk on her own without assistance. Three years ago Michelle learned she was suffering from Ataxia, a non-specific clinical disease that affects parts of the nervous system that coordinates movement and balance.

"My world changed for the worse." Michelle ultimately had to quit her job and stay home. Forced to be a prisoner in her own home without having any assistance to leave. She became incredibly depressed. Michelle's husband Glen had to keep working so the Osterberg's could keep their insurance. After learning of the diagnosis, the Osterberg's joined the Ataxia community and numerous support groups working to gain control of their life once again.

Glen says, "most of us take for granted the small things we are able to do; like walking." Glen and Michelle visited a booth at an Ataxia conference in Florida and tried a revolutionary product that would help control balance for patients wearing this vest. What they experienced next, was life altering.

"She walked. By herself, after 5 years, she walked!" Glen said after trying the vest. That day Glen promptly called the insurance company with hopes of purchasing this life-transforming vest. Their insurance denied their claim, but that didn't stop Glen. Once he saw what was possible with Michelle walking, he was going to do whatever it took to get this vest for his wife. Luckily for Glen, he didn't have to wait much longer. His next call was to Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID.org).

AID.org was able to work with Michelle's doctors to purchase the vest that will give her back the ability to walk on her own. Glen and Michelle said, "we emailed AID.org and heard back the very next day. They are amazing!"

Jennifer Rogers, a spokesperson for Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation said, "Michelle is a great example of someone who never gives up. We are so excited to purchase a BalanceWear vest so she can be an example to others that you should keep fighting for your independence."

AID.org wants to help others. Those with disabilities can make their requests online at www.aid.org.

To schedule interviews please email media@AID.org.

See a video of Michelle's before and after the BalanceWear vest at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A584FdEMh_E&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org")

As Civil Rights Champions, AID.org was formed in January 2016 in order to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through charitable gifts, opportunities and the removal of discriminatory barriers. By spearheading a rapid and widespread wave of compliance through educational and affirmative enforcement actions, AID.org not only rapidly brings not-compliant public accommodation into ADA compliance but also acts as a self-funding catalyst for the charitable AID Foundation.

The AID Foundation is a growing resource for any individual with a disability looking to receive help with various issues relating to their disability or compelling needs such as: wheelchair access, medical equipment, and much more. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation aims to help improve the lives of 3 to 4 individuals with disabilities per day.

Embedded Video Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A584FdEMh_E&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

Contact Information

  • Jennifer Rogers
    Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation
    (774) 768-2235
    jennifer@AID.org