Disability Resources

Resources For People With Disabilities

Dealing with your own disability, or that of a loved one, is one of the greatest challenges anyone can face. The Standard is dedicated to helping our policyholders' eligible employees meet that challenge by helping provide them with financial security and rehabilitation support.

However, we realize that your needs may extend beyond the scope of our areas of expertise. The Standard has provided the following links we hope will be helpful to you in your search for additional resources to help cope with the disability in your life.

Child Care

State government sites provide links to child care services and other related children's services.

Division of Child Care by State (Each state site leads to information re: child care, child services.)

Crisis

The links below are provided as resources for crisis situations such as housing assistance, medical needs and food.

The American Red Cross

United Way

Disability Awareness

Council for Disability Awareness offers information and resources regarding the personal and financial impact of a disability.

Disability Services

Resource information about legal rights, financial resources, assistive technology, employment opportunities, housing modifications, childrearing and educational options, transportation and mobility services, support groups and more, for people with disabilities.

Disability Resources Guide

Ergonomics

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service for employers and people with disabilities that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides specific information on ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration - Ergonomic success stories, interventions and programs.

Employment

There are numerous Internet career sites with job listings and places to post resumes. To research any of the commonly used career sites, you can use the Google search engine or another search engine of your choice.

Food

Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to more than 37 million hungry Americans each year through a network of over 200 food banks and food-rescue programs. Click on this link to search for programs in your State. Links below are provided as resources for crisis situations such as housing assistance, medical needs and food.

Health

Health Resources Information is a link to websites with information provided by the Federal government on such things as first aid, nutrition, wellness, prevention and treatment of various diseases and conditions, finding health care providers and health care facilities, Medicare and Medicaid.

Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information - this link lists toll-free numbers to organizations which provide health-related information, education and support.

Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers Federal aid to local housing agencies that manage housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Link provided for each state agency.

Mental Heath

Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) has over 240 affiliates nationwide and works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Prescription Drugs

RxHope is a website sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry with information on prescription drugs and obtaining no-cost medications for patients who are unable to afford them.

NeedyMeds is a website sponsored by a social worker and a physician with information about patient assistance and other programs designed to help those who can't afford their medicines.

Seniors

Eldercare is a nationwide toll-free service, that helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors.

NOTE: Additional links to senior services are available through each state Department of Senior Services.

Transportation

American Public Transportation Association provides contact information for local public transportation services.

General Information on Benefits

National Council on Aging can provide useful information to people of any age about eligibility for benefits for financial, health, prescription, and other savings programs. In order to determine what programs you qualify for both locally and nationally, you will need to complete a short questionnaire asking for simple, but relevant, demographic information in order to provide you with local and specific assistance. (It does not ask for personal information other than the month and year of your birth.)

Further Research

There are numerous other private and public resources available on the Internet.