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"The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life…the children; those who are in the twilight of life…the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life…the sick…the needy…and the disabled." ≈ Hubert H. Humphrey

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Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in collaboration with 21 federal agency partners. This is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide.

  • The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security to employment to affordable and accessible housing.  Disability.gov is a web portal, which means every time you select a resource, you will be directed to another website.
  • They have also developed a series of 30-second online trainings to help individuals with disabilities and others learn about financial subjects such as savings accounts, credit cards, credits scores and other money matters. See Asset Development.
  • New information is added daily across 10 main subject areas:
  •     Benefits
  •     Civil Rights
  •     Community Life
  •     Education
  •     Emergency Preparedness
  •     Employment
  •     Health
  •     Housing
  •     Technology
  •     Transportation
     
  • MiABLE 529 (A) "Acheiving a Better Life Experience"

    The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program was created to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence and quality of life; and to provide secure funding for qualified disability expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary’s employment and other sources.

  • Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (michigan.gov)
    Vision:  The vision of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council is that all citizens of Michigan have the opportunities and supports to achieve their full potential. 
    Mission Statement:  To support people with developmental disabilities to achieve life dreams.

  • National Council on Disability 

    NCD is an independent federal agency that provides advice to the President, Congress and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.

  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

    NIDILRR is a federal government grants-making agency that sponsors grantees to generate new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promote its use and adoption. The site also includes related items of interest, and information about new disability knowledge that can be used today.

  • No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) (ed.gov)

    Has information about the largest federal education law for parents and teachers

  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR) (ed.gov)

    Committed to ensuring equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

  • Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) (ed.gov)

    Dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

  • Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) (ed.gov)

    Oversees formula and discretionary grant programs that help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment.  RSA’s major Title I formula grant program provides funds to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to provide employment-related services for individuals with disabilities.