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Resources - category 10

Government assistance resources

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Access Board -
The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities by developing and maintaining criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.  It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design, and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.

Disablity.gov -
This is the federal government site for people with disabilities, their families,  friends and organizations that serve them. The website is packed with info about disability benefits, health care, housing programs, community programs that help with finding a job, services for independent living, transportation, and more.

U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy -
This site provides thousands of resources on benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation for people with disabilities, their families, Veterans, educators, employers and others.

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State of Illinois      download .pdf

The Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program -
This is the program that was formerly known as the Circuit Breaker Program. It allows for the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to provide for a reduced-fee license plate aimed toward senior citizens (65+) and persons with disabilities with specific qualifications. (In 2015 income limits $27,610 for a household of one, $36,635 for a household of two, and $45,657 for a household of three). Also available through the Department on Aging is the Ride Free Transit Benefit, also with the same qualifications, which offers free train rides. 

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Elder-Disabled Services and Information -
This is the department that investigates complaints of abuse, coordinates intra- and inter-governmental and private organizations, and conducts outreach awareness  and education.

Illinois Department of Human Services - Client Assistance Program (CAP) -
These are the folks who help people with disabilities receive quality services by advocating for their interests and helping them identify resources, understand procedures, resolve problems, and protect their rights in the rehabilitation process, employment, and home services.


Illinois Department of Human Services' Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) -
This program provides cash and medical assistance to qualified persons.

State of Illinois Healthcare Portal’s Disability Services -
Here is the place to get  information for people with disabilities and their families on health benefits for disabled workers and rehabilitation services.

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State of Wisconsin      download .pdf

County Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance -
This assistance program provides WI counties with financial assistance to provide transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Disability Rights Wisconsin -
This group assists persons with disabilities aged 18-59 with public benefits through the Wisconsin Disability Benefit Specialist Program. The Disability Benefit Specialist Program is a service of Wisconsin’s network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

Physical Disability Programs and Information -
A list of resources provided by the State of Wisconsin.

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Miscellaneous      download .pdf

Need Help Paying Bills, Debt, and Mortgage -
This is a surprisingly full website of state and local programs in place to assist disabled low and medium income qualifying individuals with money issues related to their bills. In addition, the site offers info related to assistance with rent, mortgage,  medical and utility bills, debt counseling, charity assistance, low interest loans and student loans. For those looking to make some money to help with the bills, a list of work-at-home-for-pay ideas are provided.

Disability Resource -
Disability Resource is a non-profit organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently. The directory is organized by state.

Nolo, a well-known legal website, has a section about Illinois Disability Benefits (SSI and SDI). Another section is entitled "Disability Secrets" with information related to the disability filing and appeal process in Illinois.