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The disABLED have many needs which challenge their lives. People with disabilities face financial needs, mobility issues, lack of quality housing, as well as struggling with prescription medicine costs. There is help available. Government disability benefits, assistive technology devices, special housing funds, home modifications and others are all benefits which are available to the disABLED. This site will help you find those benefits.



Help in finding federal and state benefits.



Federal and State Government Benefits

Disability.gov
Disability.gov is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly and easily. With just a few clicks, the site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology, transportation, and independent living.

http://www.disability.gov

GovBenefits.gov
Helps citizens access government benefit eligibility information through a free, confidential, and easy-to-use online screening tool. After answering some basic questions, the user receives a customized report listing the benefit programs for which the user, or person for whom he or she is entering information, may be eligible".

http://www.govbenefits.gov
NOTE: personal questions (name, social security number, etc.) are NOT requested.

State specific
Programs that are available from each state.

http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal/states

Federal Domestic Assistance
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

https://www.cfda.gov/

State Disability resources
This is a good resource, listing important state offices.

http://nichcy.org/state-organization-search-by-state

State Liaison - http://www.dol.gov/odep/contact/state.htm
State Liaison and their contact information for questions or concerns regarding:
  • Vocational rehabilitation (VR) program
  • Supported employment (SE) program
  • Independent living (IL) program
  • Independent living services program for older individuals who are blind
Freedom Disability
A leading national Social Security Advocacy group. Our advocates are trained disability insurance experts who have successfully helped thousands of people with disabilities file for and win Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. If you'd like to find out if you qualify for disability benefits contact us today for a FREE case evaluation from Freedom Disability. You have questions, we have the answers. The evaluation is confidential and completely free of charge. We take the confusion out of the SSDI process. Find out today if you qualify.

http://www.freedomdisability.com/



Social Security Benefits

"The Social Security Administration`s Web site provides information about Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance Benefits, and Supplemental Security Income. The site also provides wage reporting information for employers. All links to Social Security Online (ssa.gov) will take you to a government site. Social Security does not endorse, or appear to endorse, any commercial products or services"

Social Security Disability Eligibility
To be covered by S.S.D.I. you must have worked at jobs which are covered by Social Security. In addition you must have a medical condition that qualifies for benefits. This page explains how the government determines who has worked enough to qualify for benefits.

http://www.ssa.gov/dibplan/dqualify2.htm

Applying for benefits
Can be done online at a secure government site. At this site you can apply for disability benefits, benefits for your spouse, restart an incomplete application, and check your claim status.

http://www.ssa.gov/dibplan/dapply.htm

* Applying can also be done by calling 1-800-772-1212 or contacting your local Social Security office.

How the government determines who is disabled.
The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. Disability Determination Services will try to collect evidence from you first, using your medical sources first. If more evidence is needed the determination service will arrange for a medical examination by your doctor or a provider selected by the government.

http://www.ssa.gov/disability/determination.htm

Disability starter kits are available from the government.
These kits contain the fact sheet "What You Should Know before You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits". It also contains a checklist of information and documents to have ready for your disability interview. There is also a worksheet for the adult applicant. It lists information that will be asked for you to provide.

http://www.ssa.gov/starter kit

Impairments that qualify for disability. This list is applicable to individual 18 years and over, and to children where criteria is appropriate. By clicking on the link you will be taken to a government web page for that particular impairment.

Government Blue Book "Disability Evaluation under Social Security."
This publication explains the whole process from a doctors point of view. The publication is in the Adobe Reader format.
http://www.ssa.gov/disability/bluebook/

Does a Medical Condition Have to Match the Blue Book Listing?

An individual filing for Social Security disability benefits does not necessarily have to satisfy the exact listing requirements for a particular illness or condition (such as rheumatoid arthritis) to be awarded disability benefits based on this condition. You can also be awarded disability benefits if Social Security considers aspects of your condition medically equivalent to the criteria in the listing or a related listing. This is called "equaling a disability listing."

You can also be eligible for disability benefits if you don't meet or equal the criteria for the blue book listing for your condition if your condition limits your functioning so much that you can't work. The SSA will consider the effect of your condition on your capacity to perform routine daily activities and work and will then determine whether there is any kind of job you can safely be expected to do. For more information, see our section on how Social Security decides if your limitations make you disabled.

http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/what-conditions-qualify.html/

Family members may be able to receive benefits if you are found to be disabled.
Qualifying spouse, child, disabled child may be able to receive up to 50% of your benefit. This is in addition to your benefit. This is very important and highly overlooked benefit.

http://www.ssa.gov/dibplan/dfamily.htm

If you were found to be disabled
SSDI benefits will start the sixth full month after they found you were disabled. To calculate your benefits:

http://www.ssa.gov/planners/calculators.htm

How Workers' Compensation And Other Disability Payments May Affect Your Benefits
If you receive workers compensation or other public disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits, the total amount of these benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of your average current earnings before you became disabled.

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10018.html

Childhood impairments
It is very important to check the particular impairments that your child may have. Childhood listings will give consideration to the disease process in childhood.
http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/ChildhoodListings.htm

You can get disability benefits even if you are not legally blind
If your vision does not meet the legal definition of blindness, you may still qualify for disability benefits if your vision problems alone or combined with other health problems prevent you from working. For Social Security disability benefits, you also must have worked long enough in a job where you paid Social Security taxes. For SSI payments based on disability and blindness, you need not have worked, but your income and resources must be under certain dollar limits.

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10052.html#a0=0

To qualify for Social Security disability or SSI on the basis of a vision impairment, there are three listings in the Social Security Administration's impairment listing manual that may generally apply to most claims involving loss of vision. These listings deal with:

  • Remaining visual acuity in the better eye (see our article on disability for central vision loss)
  • The level of peripheral field contraction in the better eye (see our article on disability for peripheral vision loss), and
  • Loss of visual efficiency in the better eye (this is a combination of visual acuity and peripheral vision).
What does "in the better eye" mean? The phrase better eye means this: for a disability claim involving a visual allegation, the Social Security Administration will evaluate a claimant's medical records and consider the claimant's residual (remaining) visual acuity and peripheral vision in both eyes. However, if one of the claimant's eyes meets the approval requirements of a listing and the other eye does not (this would be the better eye), the claimant will not be approved on the basis of meeting a listing.
http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/social-security-disability-vision-loss.html/

The Office on Women's Health
Established in 1991 within the US Department of Health and Human Services. OWH coordinates the efforts of all the HHS agencies and office involved in women's health. OWH works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States.

http://www.womenshealth.gov

AIDD Program and Project Contacts
AIDD Program and Project Contacts Information by State and Territory.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/aidd/resource/dd-program-contacts

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
"Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grants help states and communities to build and integrate early childhood service systems that better meet the needs of children and families."

http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/earlychildhood

Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed this website to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.

http://www.longtermcare.gov

Personal Assistance Services
PAS - also known as personal attendant services, attendant care services, personal care assistance and personal care services (PCS) - include "people or devices that assist a person with a physical, sensory, mental, or cognitive disability with tasks that the person would perform for himself or herself if he or she did not have a disability". In other words, it includes a range of assistance provided to persons with disabilities and chronic conditions, which enables them to accomplish tasks that they would normally do for themselves if they did not have a disability". Something to note here, they have information pertaining to receiving funds for caregiver services (including tending for disabled children).

http://www.pascenter.org

U.S. Government Telephone and E-mail Directories
Contact directories for government agencies and officials.

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Directories.shtml


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