Help for Handicapped People

by Gina Ragusa

Whether you or a loved one is physically or mentally challenged, a strong support system to assist you with everyday tasks can alleviate the stress and burden of disability. You can seek assistance in a variety of ways, from your neighbors' help to government-funded programs, to bring you closer to living an independent, productive life. Before you commit to any program, perform due diligence to ensure it is legitimate -- most help for for the disabled comes from nonprofit organizations, so be wary of a company that demands cash up front.

Housing

If you are unable to work or maintain a full-time job that allows you to pay rent or a mortgage, obtain housing assistance through the U.S. Department of Urban Housing (HUD). This government-run agency can help you with home buying assistance such as locating suitable housing and securing financing. Make sure your new domicile is handicapped-friendly with an FHA 203k loan. Add wheelchair ramps, make counter adjustments and add safety bars to your home with government support. Remember, suitable, safe and clean housing is your right. HUD offers information on specific laws such as the Fair Housing Act and disability rights to guide you during your house hunt.

Jobs

Securing employment is a daunting task for anyone. And being disabled may put you at an even greater disadvantage due to physical or mental limitations. Begin your job search by leveraging your network contacts. Furnish personal and business contacts with resumes and work samples. Should you need additional assistance, go to Disability.gov for more information about how to land a job that is compatible with your skills and educational background. The website lists a database of employers and positions suitable for disabled people. There you can read success stories and obtain information about how to ace your interviews, and learn about your rights as a disabled job seeker.

Service Dogs

Service dogs have been assisting thousands of disabled people for decades. Nonprofit organizations provide fully trained canines to assist people with nearly every disability. Dogs are trained to perform tasks such as turning lights off and on, opening cabinets and even detecting an impending medical crisis. Before partnering with an organization, ensure that the company is nonprofit, fully licensed and insured, and that it can provide support and service throughout the life of the animal.

Social Opportunities

Disabled people can feel isolated due to depression or limitations stemming from their disabilities. Social interaction helps you feel less lonely and overwhelmed by enabling you to meet others facing similar challenges. Organizations such as Best Buddies and Family Village are ways disabled people connect and meet new people. Just Can.com provides online dating and social opportunities geared specifically for the disabled.

About the Author

Gina Ragusa has made a career out of writing for the past 15 years, with an emphasis on financial institution writing. Ragusa has written for Consumer Lending News, Deposit and Loan Growth Strategies and Community Bank President. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University.

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