Assistance for the disabled

Many states have a Department of Rehabilitation (DORS) for helping disabled persons. They provide assistance to find jobs for the disabled, provide training, pay for handicap modifications to home and vehicle if needed also. To check if your state has a similar program, check the state governments web-sites, they may be accepting online applications. Some state health agencies provide medical assistance.

Each county in a state also has programs to help like low cost housing, modifications to the home and vehicles if needed.

Financial aid for students

Students looking for money to finance their higher education (in college??) have the following options:
1. Scholarships and grants – at times, it depends on the financial status of the student’s family. If the income is above a particular level, the student becomes ineligible for many grants. It also depends on the grades that the student has obtained during his career. Some colleges offer scholarships to students.

2. Student aid – Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Website : http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ . This financial assistance is available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. Federal student aid covers expenses in school which include tuition and other fees, room rent, food, books, transportation and other . This financial assistance may also help pay for a computer and dependent childcare expenses.  Federal Pell Grants are available only to undergraduate students while the Academic Competitiveness Grant depends on the students academic performance. A grant does not have to be repaid.

3. Part time work – Students can take up a part time job in their free time to make money. They can work in restaurants, hotels or any other retail outlet offering flexible timings. They can also work online doing freelance writing, web design assignments.

Assistance in getting a job

Many job providers have a very stringent criteria for selecting employees – they should be young, fluent in a language, have a college degree, good credit record and no criminal history. If an individual does not meet these criteria, they are often not even given a chance to appear for an interview.

Goodwill industries helps unemployed who are otherwise at a disadvantage to get a job. These include people with disabilities, people who do not have experience or handicapped in some way.  Goodwill Industries, which was founded in 1902, is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the world today.  It includes a network of 184 independent organizations in USA, Canada and other countries.

The education and job training services offered by Goodwill are funded to a large extent by donations of clothing and household goods by families. These items are then auctioned off.   Some revenues are also earned by providing contract labor for filling in labor shortages in government departments and large companies.