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Find It: Disability
Did you know that nearly one in five people - 56.7 million - in the U.S. has a disability? People with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to report having poorer overall health, less access to adequate health care and more engagement in risky behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity.
In 2012, an estimated 12.1% (plus or minus 0.05 percentage points) of non-institutionalized, male or female, all ages, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States reported a disability. In other words, 37,627,800 out of 309,936,400 non-institutionalized, male or female, all ages, all races, regardless of ethnicity, with all education levels in the United States reported a disability.
Here are some resources to help you or a loved one find resources and support:
|Health & Wellness Resource Center
Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials, including health/medical journals, pamphlets, and health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc.
- Massachusetts Disability Services
Resources from the state’s Health and Human Services office.
- The ARC of Massachusetts Resource Guide
ARC is an advocacy group for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
- Disability Related Resource Listing
ARC of Greater Waltham provides listings of other area organizations and agencies.
- Department of Developmental Services - South Coastal Area Office
The closest DDS office is located at 220R Forbes Road in Braintree.
- Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
The council provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion.
- Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Living Services, and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs.
- Employment for Disabled Persons
Statewide offices that provide help finding employment.
- Americans With Disabilities Act
Learn about this piece of civil rights legislation, signed in 1990, that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life.
The federal government’s portal site for information on programs and services nationwide.
- Department of Labor Disability Resources
The Department of Labor has several agencies that can help people with disabilities find meaningful work and launch successful careers, help employers hire people with disabilities, and help federal contractors stay within the law when hiring.
- Social Security Disability Benefits
This site can help people apply for Social Security benefits and, after signing up, find out how to maintain those benefits.
- Learning Disabilities of America
A listing of websites and publications that will guide you to information on LD/ADHD, teaching, professionals in the field, disability rights and advocacy, and government agencies and resource centers.
- United States Access Board
This organization promotes equal access for people with disabilities in transportation, housing and more.
- Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AIDD is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.
Recommended Web Resources
- Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living
This fact sheet from AARP explains home modifications and how they can increase accessibility and safety for older adults so they can stay in their homes. Similar info here.
- Disability Accommodation Cost Guide
This guide helps people figure out how much it will cost to modify their home, including ramps/doorways, kitchens and bathrooms.
- Home Safety for People with Disabilities
These tips provide people with disabilities and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets and home hazards. The materials were co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.
- Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide
People with disabilities may have more difficulty escaping during a fire. In addition, some disabilities may prevent them from taking actions ahead of time without the help of a caregiver, friend or relative.
- Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation
This guide connects you to programs, services, government agencies and organizations that can help you find the transportation resources you need.
- Rights for Those With Hearing Loss
Here you will find information and updates about federal law that impacts people with hearing loss and the agencies that regulate those laws.
- Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Aerobic physical activity can help reduce the impact of these chronic diseases, yet nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no leisure time aerobic physical activity.
- Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips
Regular physical activity is good for everyone's health, including people with disabilities. Here are a few brief tips to help.
- Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
Due to financial constraints, it is essential for people with disabilities to have the personal finance skills that will help them manage their money so that they can live fulfilling lives.
- College Assistance for People With ADHD
US News’ web resources and scholarship information for adults with ADHD
- Employees' Practical Guide to Negotiating and Requesting Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network’s summary of some of the most frequent issues that employees have regarding accommodations and the ADA and JAN's practical ideas for resolving them