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.
- 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.
- Mobility Advisor: An informational guide on mobility products for people with disabilities.
- United Access: We offer a wide range of wheelchair-accessible vans, van conversions, driving aids, and more.
- Vehicle Rebates: The following vehicle manufacturers offer rebates on accessible vehicles:
- Chrysler (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram)
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.
- GoFundMe: Free crowdfunding platform. Learn how to set up your own GoFundMe account here. [note: will send over June blog 6/21]
- 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.
- Triumph Foundation: Offers grants, resources, and support groups to people with spinal cord injuries and disorders.
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.
- Vets First: Free support for disabled veterans in obtaining benefits, employment, education, housing, and transportation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ticket to Work: Job training and career development for people receiving Social Security disability benefits.
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.
- 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.
- Easterseals: Programs and services for people with disabilities and their families.
- 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.
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.
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.