When the Sosnowski-Rocha family was blessed with a second baby boy, their world changed in more ways than one. Their son Samuel was born visually and hearing impaired and experienced mild seizures.
Sam's family learned how to balance time between children, work and Samuel's special needs. Many people didn't understand the family’s situation, so people would often stare at Samuel instead of interact with the family in public. Sam’s older brother recognized that his younger brother was different and often stands up for him to express how special Sam is to him.
The main challenge his parents faced was recognizing Samuel’s needs and making sure they could afford the necessary equipment to help with his physical development. Samuel’s mother, says, “At first, I was so worried because I wasn’t sure what to do after our medical insurance refused to pay for Sam’s equipment. Sam really needs the adaptive equipment to help him grow and without them, he may not be able to stand or walk properly.”
The Sosnowski-Rochas were fortunate to meet Diane with Porter County Association for Handicapped Children and Adults. PCHCA, supported by United Way, helps families afford the necessary special needs equipment and therapies that insurance may not cover.
Without help from PCHCA, the Sosnowski-Rochas would have had a much harder time learning how to raise a child with special needs. Sam's future is brighter now and the family is more stable because of the assistance they receive from PCHCA and United Way.
The Sosnowski-Rocha family encourages others in similar circumstances to connect with programs that understand their situation. They are truly thankful for those who have helped their family, especially Samuel.
To learn more about the Porter County Association for Handicapped Children and Adults, Inc., visit their Facebook page.
Special thanks to Ahmed Alsaygh, Sanja Djordjevic, Jarrett Hammel, May Ling and Ethan Uysaloglu for collaborating with UWPC and collecting and writing this story.