Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Finding Financial Assistance for the Disabled at Disability.gov

Disability.gov is a federal one-stop shop of (mostly) federal resources for the disabled, both financial and other assistance.  How do you hone in on financial assistance, though?  You do it through their search engine, which allows searching by key word, or allows you to "filter" your search by a number of factors. 

You can do it by topic, including benefits and specific types of benefits, like heating and energy, prescription drugs, civil rights, employment, and housing.  You can filter results by states (if you do this, it will pull up all the items for your state and nationwide, and just weed out sources from other states).  You can filter by the type of disability you have, like blindness or hearing disability.  And you can search by words.  For instance, if you are looking for emergency money for your state, you can filter by your state, and put the words "cash assistance" in the search box at the top of the page, and it will pull up links for the cash assistance program in your state.  And you can filter by "audience" (the person looking for information).  So caregivers, employers, veterans, students, and job seekers can narrow down the search to things they are looking for. 

If you are specifically looking for money and financial resources, here's some topics that would be most useful to you: scholarships and financial aid, food and nutrition assistance, paying for prescription drugs, and guide to disability benefits.

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