The Mobility Resource Guide
If you’re struggling to find accessible resources designed for your individual needs, know that you’re not alone. At United Access, we’re acutely aware of the many issues that you can face in a world not built for you.
Here, we’ve compiled a helpful guide of mobility resources to assist you with all aspects of accessibility.
Many individuals with special needs find themselves struggling to get in and out of their homes due to lack of mobility equipment. There are several organizations that will help transform your home into a wheelchair-accessible home.
- Accessible Space: A nationwide nonprofit that helps people with disabilities find accessible housing and services.
- Directory of Accessible Housing: Learn about your rights to fair housing and housing programs that are available to people with disabilities.
- Habitat for Humanity: Learn how to apply to be a Habitat homeowner.
- Household Quotes Disability Accommodation Guide: A guide to all changes you may need to make to your home to make it more accessible.
- National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources: Lists home modification and repair businesses around the country.
- Rebuilding Together: A nationwide nonprofit that rebuilds and adapts homes.
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Find housing vouchers and other programs for low-income families and people with disabilities.
- HUD Resource Locator: An interactive map of HUD resources all over the country.
- Veterans Association Housing Grants: These grants provide financial assistance to servicemembers and veterans in buying a new home or adapting an existing one for disability accommodation.
Mobility and Transportation
Transportation that works for you is one of the biggest priorities for individuals with different mobility needs. These mobility resources share information about mobility access and will help you find a vehicle that works for you.
- AbleData: A database for unbiased information on mobility products and aids for people with disabilities.
- Adaptive Driving Alliance: A nationwide group of certified wheelchair-accessible vehicle dealers.
- Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists: If you need help learning to drive your new vehicle, search this global organization’s directories for driver rehabilitation and training services.
- Mobility Advisor: An informational guide on mobility products for people with disabilities.
- Mobility International USA (MIUSA): A disability-led organization that empowers people with disabilities in relation to mobility and inclusion.
- United Access: We offer a wide range of wheelchair-accessible vans, van conversions, driving aids, and more.
We recognize that finances can be a major roadblock in the search for mobility solutions. If you’re in need of financial assistance to hire a caregiver, buy a wheelchair van, or find other adaptive equipment and mobility products, try these resources.
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Provides health coverage to children families who don’t qualify for Medicaid but who can’t afford private insurance.
- Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation: Funds research and individual grants for people across the country.
- Dreamscape Foundation: Charity for people with disabilities.
- Foundation Directory Online: Find foundations for grants and other funding.
- GoFundMe: Free crowdfunding platform. Learn how to set up your own GoFundMe account here. [note: will send over June blog 6/21]
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Provides financial assistance for energy bills.
- Medicaid: Free or low-cost medical benefits to eligible, low-income people with disabilities.
- Medicare: Federal health insurance for people with certain disabilities.
- Modest Needs: Platform for small, emergency grants to low-income individuals.
- M.O.R.G.A.N. Project: Providing therapy and resources to children and young adults with disabilities.
- National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility: Offers grants to people who need additional money for mobility transportation equipment.
- Social Security Disability Benefits: Learn who qualifies for disability benefits and how to apply.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Provides families with financial assistance and support; varies by state.
- Triumph Foundation: Offers grants, resources, and support groups to people with spinal cord injuries and disorders.
- UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation: Offers grants for families with children who have medical needs.
There are many national and state-specific agencies and organizations to help veterans as they adjust to life with a disability. The following resources are open to current servicemembers, veterans, and/or their families.
- ALS Association: Qualified veterans with ALS may receive VA disability compensation.
- Disabled American Veterans: Advocacy for disabled veterans, including employment resources, outreach services, and claims assistance.
- Operation Independence: Take $1,000 off your first Vantage Mobility International purchase.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America – ABLE: Helping veterans receive benefits and care and get job training and opportunities.
- USAA Car Buying Service: USAA members get $1,000 off their accessible vehicle purchase.
- VA Benefits Navigator: Find out which VA benefits you are eligible for.
- Veterans Automobile Grant: Grant for accessible automobiles and/or special adaptive equipment.
- Vets First: Free support for disabled veterans in obtaining benefits, employment, education, housing, and transportation.
- Wounded Warrior Project: Programs and services for veterans wounded in duty after Sept. 11, 2001.
- United Access: We partner with the VA to offer rebates, discounts, and support to veterans.
Finding meaningful employment can be hard for many people with disabilities, due to lack of accessibility, inclusion, opportunity, or training. These organizations advocate for fair employment opportunities for all people with disabilities.
- AbilityOne: Helps people with disabilities find job openings in nonprofits.
- Career One Stop: Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this organization helps workers with disabilities gain skills and find jobs.
- Disability Job Exchange: Career, resume, application, and employment advice and job openings for jobseekers with disabilities.
- Easterseals Workforce Development Services: Job search and placement assistance and coaching.
- Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on Disability Inclusion: Learn about disability inclusion in companies around the country.
- Incight: Training, education, and job-seeking services and support.
- Job Accommodation Network: Free consulting services for job seekers, employees, entrepreneurs, and employers on job accommodations for people with disabilities.
- Job Corps: Provides job training for young people with disabilities.
- Respect Ability Resource Page: A long resource page of job training and search websites for employees with disabilities.
- Ticket to Work: Job training and career development for people receiving Social Security disability benefits.
- United States Government – Jobs and Education for People with Disabilities: A list of employment resources for people with disabilities.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies: A list from EARN of vocational rehab agencies in each state.
Social Groups and Connection
If you are one of the only people with disabilities in your family or social circle, you may recognize the loneliness or isolation that some wheelchair users experience. There are hundreds of programs across the country that work to advocate for and connect with people with special needs.
- Adaptive Sports Foundation: Take lessons, find friends, and learn new adaptive sports.
- Cure Medical Peer Support Group List: A state-by-state list of official support groups for people with disabilities.
- Disabilities-R-Us: An online community for people with physical disabilities.
- Disabled Sports USA: Find a chapter in your area to learn and play adaptive sports.
- Friendship Circle: Helping children and young adults with disabilities find friends in their local areas.
- MeetUp: Find a local group in your area of people with disabilities.
- Special Bridge: A dating and social networking site for people with disabilities.
- Spinalpedia: A social mentoring network for people with spinal cord injuries.
- Yoocan: A community for people with disabilities.
Support and Education
Depending on your individual needs, you may need a part-time or full-time caregiver. There are mobility specialist caregivers who are trained in helping you with your day-to-day activities.
- Caregiver Action Network: Offering support for caregivers of people with disabilities.
- Center for Parent Information & Resources: Providing support and training for families of children with disabilities.
- Easterseals: Programs and services for people with disabilities and their families.
- Federation for Children with Special Needs: Offering support, training, and education for families of children with special needs.
- National Council on Independent Living: Organization that advances the rights of people with disabilities to live independently.
- National Organization on Disability: Works to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
- New Mobility: Publication for active wheelchair users.
- Special Needs Alliance: A national organization of attorneys who serve individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Voice of Reason: Resources for medical and legal help for families of people with disabilities.
- Wheelchair Travel: Learn about traveling the world in a wheelchair and planning an accessible vacation. (Need to rent a wheelchair-accessible van? United Access has plenty of options at great rates!)
Specific Disabilities, Conditions, and Illnesses
While we’re fighting for inclusion and access for people with all disabilities, sometimes you need information on a specific disability, condition, or illness. These organizations offer support, education, and resources for people who have been diagnosed with a specific disability, condition, or illness.
- American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- American Council of the Blind
- American Parkinson Disease Association
- Amputee Coalition
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Cerebral Palsy Group
- Little People of America
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
- National Down Syndrome Society
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- National Stroke Association
- Spina Bifida Association
- United Spinal Association
Living with a disability doesn’t mean having a limited life. United Access is dedicated to improving the lives of all people with special needs. If you’re looking for wheelchair-accessible mobility equipment, our mobility specialists would be happy to walk you through our products and options. Call us today to learn how United Access can help you live the way you want to.