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Federal


Access Board Nov '20 -
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.

Be READY Sept '21 -
For help in developing a disaster plan that includes individuals with disabilities, see this helpful U.S. government website.

U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy Nov '20 -
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.

U.S. Disablity Services Nov '20, rev. Sept '21 -
Find information for people with disabilities at USAGov, the official guide to government information and services. 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.


State of Illinois


The Department on Aging’s Benefit Access Program Nov '20 -
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. 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 Nov '20 -
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) Nov '20 -
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) Nov '20 -
This program provides cash and medical assistance to qualified persons.

State of Illinois Healthcare Portal’s Disability Services Nov '20 -
Here is the place to get information for people with disabilities and their families on health benefits for disabled workers and rehabilitation services.


State of Wisconsin


County Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance Nov '20 -
This assistance program provides WI counties with financial assistance to provide transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Disability Rights Wisconsin Nov '20 -
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.

Find an Aging and Disability Resource Center Nov '20 -
Local aging and disability resource centers (ADRC) are the first place to go to get information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. ADRCs can provide you with resources for: in-home personal care and nursing; housing options; housekeeping and chore services; home modifications; adaptive equipment; transportation; health, nutrition, and home-delivered meal programs; Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; caregiver supports and respite.

Physical Disability Programs and Information Nov '20 -
A list of resources provided by the State of Wisconsin.


Miscellaneous


Grants for Seniors Sept '21 -
As a resource developed by volunteers to guide seniors and retirees when they need help, this site covers subjects categorized by finanacial help, health care, help with rent, housing assistance, food, clothing assistance, food, clothing assistance, transportation assistance, daily life.

Need Help Paying Bills, Debt, and Mortgage Nov '20 -
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.

Nolo Nov '20 -
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.