Dealing with a Disability: How to Ensure You Are Getting the Right Help
Facing a disability is challenging. Whether you were born with a disability or obtained one through unforeseen circumstances, finding help can be tough. Luckily, there are thousands of resources available that can help disabled persons get the help they need to live normal, fulfilling lives.
Although you may hesitate to ask for help as a disabled person, getting the help you need can be a source of comfort and help you live a normal life. Help can come from a wide variety of resources, both federal and state-based, through non-profit organizations, and supportive friends and family members. If you are facing a disability, it is important to find the right help for your unique condition.
Federal and State Resources:
The ADA National Network is designed to provide the disabled with the guidance they need for the Americans with Disabilities Act. This will help you determine how to get the help you need at local, state, and national levels.
Office of Disability Employment Policy- U.S. Department of Labor
Need help finding a job? The U.S. Department of Labor can help. This organization helps connect disabled persons with fulfilling jobs across the country.
Social Security Administration (SSA)
The SSA provides social security disability support in the form of monetary support. Depending on your disability and income, your benefits can vary. You can find out everything you need to know about your government disability benefits through the SSA website.
Want to know what benefits you qualify for? The government benefits site can help you identify all benefits for which you are qualified based on your disability and income level.
Need help getting around? These organizations can help you get where you need to go.
Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation (Project ACTION)
Project ACTION helps make it easier for persons with disabilities to use public transportation methods. They also help provide transportation for disabled persons.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
This organization helps people with disabilities remain as active as they want to be. Here you can find a list of programs, facilities, and organizations that helped disabled persons engage in the activities where they want to participate.
This center works with a variety of hospitals, schools, parks, and other facilities to help disabled persons engage in recreation activities throughout the country.
These resources will help you live on your own as much as possible.
Use AbleData to find out what assistive technology there is for yoru disability. There are over 40,000 products listed on their website that will help the disabled live normal lives.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
If you want to live independently, NCIL can help. Local nonprofit corporations can help you find the resources you need to live independently with your disability.
Family and Friends
Don’t forget, your family and friends can be a valuable asset to you in helping with your disability. It is always wise to spend time with people who care for you in times of difficulty. Your friends and family can help fill in any gaps in your care that are not filled through other organizations.
With these resources, you can get the help you need for your disability while still living as normal of a life as possible.