Being out of work due to a disability can be scary and overwhelming.
Especially if you are unsure of what you should be doing until you get approved for social security.
Thankfully, there are many community resources available that can provide you with assistance and aid during your period of unemployment.
Here are 6 community resources that can help you as you navigate this period of transition.
AbilityOne is a network of many community-based agencies that offer job opportunities and job training for people living with disabilities. In fact, there are more than 600 community groups involved with this organization. This makes AbilityOne a great resource for finding work, or for receiving any training you may need to make a career switch.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offices are dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities become employed and fully engaged within their community. This office provides employment services as well as individual counseling to people with disabilities. They even provide technical assistance and job training.
In order to be helped by the DVR, you must apply for the services. They will collect information regarding your identity, disability, and work status.
Independent Living Centers
Independent Living Centers (ILC) are another great community resource for unemployed people with disabilities. Your local ILC office can provide you with a variety of things, including job coaching and training. They also usually have connections with employers in your area that are interested in hiring people with disabilities, so they can provide you with job connections.
Are you a veteran looking for more information about what disability benefits you may be entitled to? Or are you simply looking for more informational resources about disability benefits and employment? Either way, this free disability benefits guide can answer important questions such as:
- What benefits are available to me?
- How do I qualify for benefits?
- How do I get these benefits?
Want to learn more? Download an Ultimate Disability Guide.
American Job Center
Did you know there are close to 3,000 American Job Centers across the country? These centers have many resources to help you get back on your feet, such as job training and free computer access. Their counselors can help you explore job opportunities, revise your resume, and find something that works for you.
Are you stressed that you will not receive the disability benefits you deserve? If so, you should connect with a qualified attorney who can help you increase your chances of receiving your benefits. Some law firms have also compiled a variety of blog posts and articles on the subject of disability benefits that you can read before meeting with a lawyer to discuss your options.
Final Thoughts on Community Resources for People with Disabilities
Being unemployed with disabilities can be scary. But with the right community resources, it doesn’t have to be! By exploring the resources available you can find the assistance you need until you get approved for social security.