Resources

Government Resources

Advocacy

Americans with Disabilities Act

Link 1: Http://www.ada.gov

ADA recognizes and protects the civil rights of people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, read this guide to disability rights laws.

Financial Support

CalWORKs

Link 1: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1229

CalWORKs is a welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible needy California families. The program serves all 58 counties in the state and is operated locally by county welfare departments. If a family has little or no cash and needs housing, food, utilities, clothing or medical care, it may be eligible to receive immediate short-term help. Families that apply and qualify for ongoing assistance receive money each month to help pay for housing, food and other necessary expenses.

Social Security Administration SSA

Link 1: http://www.ssa.gov/disability Phone: 800-772-1213 (TTY)

The SSA handles retirement disability payments and administers the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI), among other services. The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide monetary assistance to people with disabilities.

Healthcare

Medi-Cal

Link 1: https://www.medi-cal.ca.gov/

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program that provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, and persons with disabilities.

Medicare

Link 1: https://www.medicare.gov

Individuals are automatically enrolled in Medicare after receiving disability benefits for 2 years.