Community Resources for People with Disabilities

If you have questions relating to your disability, listed below are both local and national resources covering numerous topic areas such as benefit coverage, rehabilitation, legal rights, independent living, accessibility, community services, and much more. 

 

  • Disability.gov: This website is a federal resource providing comprehensive information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
  • State Department of Rehabilitation (DOR): The California State Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for persons with disabilities.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): This all-encompassing and most widely used passage prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state & local governments, public accommodation and telecommunications under four separate titles.
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): The mission of ODEP is to provide national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of persons with disabilities.
  • Disability Benefits 101: Working with a Disability in California: This website provides practical information on health coverage and benefit programs for workers and job seekers, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, Social Security, State Disability Insurance and In-Home Supportive Services.  Online calculators are available to help you plan how your benefits might change when you start working.
  • California Social Security: This state resource center includes a user-friendly interface for frequently asked questions on disability, statistical data, legal information, disability law, terms, and 24-hour hotline of emergency assistance programs.
  • Hire Potential: Hire Potential is a national firm that offers staffing and consulting services to corporations and government agencies. It also assists in federal and ADA compliance, diversity solutions, and website accessibility.
  • World Institute on Disability (WID): The mission of WID is to eliminate barriers to full integration and to increase employment, economic security, and health care for persons with disabilities. WID creates innovative programs and tools, conducts research, public education, training, and technical assistance.
  • Disability World: Primary focus of this site is to provide information and news to the public, disability community, and organizations on issues affecting persons with disabilities.
  • Silicon Valley Business Leadership Network: SVBLN is a group of employers in Silicon Valley who meet to share best practices in hiring, retaining, marketing, and promoting full inclusion of persons with disabilities into the labor force.
  • Independent Living Centers (ILCs): ILCs can provide independent living skills training, advocacy, benefits planning, housing assistance, information referral and other services to help people with disabilities live independently.
  • Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC): SVILC is a cross-disability, intergenerational, and multicultural disability justice organization that creates fully inclusive communities that value dignity, equality, freedom, and worth of every human being.
  • National Organization on Disability (NOD): NOD promotes the employment and full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
  • Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF): The mission of DREDF is to advance the civil and human rights of persons with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.
  • Disability Rights Advocate (DRA): DRA is a nonprofit legal center whose mission is to ensure dignity, equality, and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities throughout the United States and worldwide.
  • Disability Rights California (DRC): DRC’s goal is to advance the rights of Californians with disabilities for a barrier free and inclusive world that values diversity, culture, and each individual.
  • Expandability: A community-based organization providing persons with disabilities access to computer adaptive technology and career transition services.
  • Types of Disabilities: A comprehensive guide to various physical, mental, and developmental disabilities and rehabilitation.