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Centers for Independent Living

Directory of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) which are private, nonprofit corporations that provide services to maximize the independence of individuals with disabilities and the accessibility of the communities they live in. CIL’s provide individual and systems advocacy, independent living skills training, information and referral and peer counseling.

State Departments of Disability Services

Directory of offices that oversee the statewide delivery of individually appropriate services and supports to persons with disabilities.

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Directory of State Councils on Developmental Disabilities. Councils are federally funded programs charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state or territory. Councils work to promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

2-1-1 Information and Referral Call Centers

Directory of 2-1-1 lines across the country. 2-1-1 are free information and referral lines for health, human and community services. 2-1-1 provides information and referral on topics such as emergency food pantries, rental assistance, public health clinics, childcare resources, support groups, legal aid, and a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies.

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Listing of Aging and Disability Resource Centers which serve as single points of entry into the long-term supports and services system for older adults and people with disabilities.

Find Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for people with disabilities can come in the form of benefit payments, vouchers, grants, subsidies, loans, or rebates and often is income based.

In addition to government programs like Social Security and Medicaid, there are a variety of financial resources available from other public and private organizations, charities, and foundations. In most cases, financial assistance is distributed on the state and local levels.  Learn more from the links below.

Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administrations provides benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Learn more about these programs including eligibility, how to apply and how to appeal a claim denial.

Medicaid and Medicare

All about Medicaid and Medicare from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Medicaid Waiver Programs

These programs are state based and administered by the Medicaid authority. Waiver programs may provide a combination of both traditional medical services (i.e., dental services, skilled nursing services) as well as non-medical services (i.e., respite, case management, environmental modifications) This list contains information about state-specific programs.

Benefits.Gov (formerly was launched to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation

The Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children whose commercial insurance coverage does not fully cover the cost of treatment.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Programs

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.


NeedyMeds is a non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find medication assistance programs, disease-based assistance, free and low- clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs that help with costs related to health care.

Variety: The Children’s Foundation

Administers the Variety Kids on the Go! program which provides funding for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs, and other devices to families of children with disabilities.

Find Financial Assistance

Ability Magazine

A leading magazine that focuses on health, disability and human potential and provides new insights on individuals levels of ability.

Exceptional Parent

An online magazine for parents of children and young adults with disabilities, includes news forum, links, and online bookstore.

New Mobility

An online magazine for users of wheelchairs, includes calendar of events and news forums.