The number of Americans with a disability hovers roughly between 48 and 55 million people across the country. While this number is disparaging, there are a variety of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private foundations that all share the common goal of bettering the lives of those with disabilities through financial aid, most notably, disability grants. Grants can mean the difference between financial hardship and heartache and a smooth series of medical procedures and rehabilitation clinics. Grants given to individuals with disabilities typically go towards covering medical costs, but may be able to help with housing, schooling, counseling & guidance, or equipment & accessories. Discovering an easy way to access these grants may be a tumultuous affair, and even when an offer is presented, you or your loved one(s) may still have to submit the required and appropriate paperwork to confirm eligibility. However, once the services acquire the information from applicants, they should be able to qualify for funding, whether they were born disabled or became that way later in their life. Let’s look at a few bits of information to help navigate the process of applying for and subsequently receiving a disability grant.
Government ReliefGrants can mean all the difference in the world, especially for those dealing with serious problems and those family members that help to maintain a certain way of life for them. If an individual is unable to work to support themselves due to their disability, Disability.gov provides accurate and up-to-date information concerning benefits, legal rights, room & board, and much more. (For example, housing grants for the disabled are handled by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development.) Some Government Grants/Resources include but are not limited to:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)—This is not a one-time grant, but a benefit for those who have worked a sufficient number of hours over the last decade and, because of a medical condition, can no longer work for a year or so.
- US Department of Labor—Some individuals may not be able to function in a traditional workplace setting, but are still fully capable of, and resiliently keen to get back to work, and the Department of Labor can help.
- Ticket to Work Program—Ticket to Work helps relieve worriment for returning workers during their transition back. The program helps the individual retain their previously healthcare benefits until they are no longer necessary.