Government Programs for the Disabled

 

Society Makes Room for People with Disabilities!

As we take a quick view into the world of the disabled and the issues they face I have provided many useful links to various assistance programs and sources of necessary equipment to help them advance and lastly, links into several sources of education and job training.

Please note that my focus here is not to “monetize” this site but to get these people with disabilities, our “Special Needs People” the help they need to break out of their circumstances and to become all that they were meant to be.

As you read through this please take a look at these links to the world that are here. The Solutions are well on their way. This is intended to help make the various resources known. 

Shout It Out

The Disability Rights Movement, that once silent group of people are getting more focused and noisy every day. We not only have the people with disabilities who have genetic disorders like Little David, but also folks who have had some kind of debilitating accident or illness. Wounded U.S. Veterans are unfortunately gaining more members daily. 

There are Disability Grants for all kinds of needs . No longer are the disabled left to fight for their rights all on their own.

Our Wounded Veterans

One group of people that is growing daily is the group of heroes we know as wounded warriors, the Purple Heart Recipients.  These young men and women have voluntarily given so much for our country. We must never forget the high price of freedom!

The Cost for Many is Dramatic

Even with great amputee services for our   wounded warriors, many of these young people over the last few years have been ignored by society. Fortunately the Amputee Services of the Veteran’s Administration is second to none with  superior medical services and state of the art prosthetics.

Depression & PTSD Treatment

It is shocking to hear that there are so many wounded who are overwhelmed with things like Depression or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)  because of extended exposure to the horrors of war. Even more distressing is  that they are killing themselves in droves every day just to escape the pain and mental anguish.

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

It is my feeling that we need to care for them in the same way that they so willingly sacrificed for us. I know that there are not only veteran’s facilities to help these wounded.

I think all disabled people, no matter what the reason is for their disability, should be made aware of the multitude of excellent programs offered by the U.S. Government. Their needs go far beyond what we ever imagined. Fortunately there are many benefits programs designed especially for them.

Financial Aid and Grants

Programs to provide the disabled with a huge array of financial benefits and services are now available. There are now grants for everything from college funds to starting a new business. There are job programs and social programs. Some programs provide homes or home loans for the disabled. Why there are even debt relief programs available.    

Specialized Equipment

Benefits cover almost all of the specialized equipment that would otherwise be out of financial reach for the majority of disabled people through numerous grants not only from the government but also the ever growing number of private institutions, all helping to make the impossible POSSIBLE.

Why even a meager power wheelchair can easily cost over thousands these days. The same goes for a vast array of other specialized equipment that helps families to carry on with hope and dignity.

 

This is the chair that Little David has and it cost around $15,000. Every feature is carefully chosen to best help the person and then custom built from the ground up.

The list below contains some of the most popular sports that disabled sportsmen and women are gravitating to: 
Rugby, motocross, basketball, tennis, softball, speed sailing, snow sports, and wheelchair racing.

Then we even have very specialized fitness and sports services for people with disabilities. This is wheelchair Rugby. Looks pretty intense to me.

There are also  programs especially for veterans with disabilities.

 

No More Dark Ages

No more dark ages for any of these people. They have become energized and uplifted by all of the goodwill along with their new found freedom and mobility. Some of the finest technological aids are now available and a multitude of grant programs.

Training Is The Solution, The Next Step To Freedom

No, it’s not enough. I am sure that not a single disabled person would rather have all of these benefits than to be whole and healthy. Still, we, through government programs are trying harder every day to help them get through this life. A life that most of us cannot even imagine. 

People with disabilities have won many rights and they are a Fierce Army to face. They will not accept anything less than success along with the freedom and independence it brings.

Now to make use of all of this, training, jobs, more education, and understanding is what they need now. This, I feel, is the final hurdle for most folks with disabilities. The step forward to blending invisibly as far into our worldwide societies as is possible.

More Details to Come

I have just touched ever so lightly on what the government provides for these unfortunate people who do not want our pity, just an equal chance. I do want to point out that the government is not the only source of help for the disabled. More and more companies, churches, and private organizations are giving aid and even providing jobs and education opportunities for the disabled.

 We will do our best to bring you up-to-date information about new benefits made available.  For a Wealth of Information on people with disabilities, visit Accessibility at the Library of Congress

If you have information you would like to get out please leave a comment below.

 

About David Kennedy

I am a retired Senior Development Engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company. I retired from Hughes In 1997 and moved to Phoenix with my young daughter to be with my two older sons attending Arizona State University. I am a former member of the U.S. Air Force where I was an active member of the 95th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
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