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Helpful Resources for the Disabled

 

The organizations and links listed on this page are intended to provide assistance with finding a healthcare provider and offer resources that may help you cope with your disability.

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Veterans' Disability

  • Armed Forces Services Corporation: AFSC incorporated July 1, 2000 with the stated mission to "provide lifetime survivorship services, and an accurate customized government benefits analysis which can be incorporated into high quality financial planning ranging from investment and tax planning to trust services." AFSC NOW offers their services to ALL ranks, ALL branches of services (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard) to include active duty, reserve, and retired members; and widow and widowers of military members.
  • Asbestos.com - The Leading Mesothelioma Cancer Resource: Asbestos.com is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to our visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. This website offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma treatment options. From the 1930s through the 1970s, the U.S. Navy used hundreds of asbestos-contaminated products in all of its vessels, which led to hazardous asbestos exposure among thousands of veterans.
  • Community of Veterans: Iraq and Afghanistan veterans: connect with people who know where you're coming from. Share your experiences and help others make the transition to civilian life. Stronger Together. Browse through videos, photos and message boards.
  • Creating Futures: Provides free training and certification opportunities to populations who have historically been under-represented in the information technology (IT) workforce, including U.S. veterans and individuals with disabilities.
  • Department of Defense Transition Assitance Program (TurboTAP.org): The DoD Transition Assistance Program was developed to assist in the transitioning of military personnel and family members leaving the service. Returning to civilian life is an exciting time, but is also a complex undertaking. There are many steps to take, with questions to be answered. The DoD Transition Assistance Program is here to help.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Founded in June 2004, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans.
  • MILSpouse.org: MilSpouse.org is your resource library for military spouse employment, education, and relocation information. Here you will find links to employment related information and other resources for military spouses and military families.
  • My VetWork: MyVetwork is a virtual community open to active duty, retired, and veteran, and to your families, friends, and supporters where we help each other navigate our world every day of the year.
  • National Center for PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) Fact Sheet: The PTSD Information Center has Fact Sheets and Videos to answer your questions on trauma, PTSD and related issues.
  • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.
  • Rebuild Hope: The Rebuild Hope online financial support network honors military service members and veterans who have made great sacrifices and enables individuals to either make or fulfill specific requests for transitional financial assistance. Together we identify critical needs, lessen severe hardships and improve the quality of lives. Visit the website to make a much needed donation or request financial assistance.
  • Redeployment Health Guide: A Service Member’s Guide to Deployment-Related Stress Problems: This brochure is intended to help you understand some of the more serious deployment-related stress problems. It will also give you some general guidance on where you can go to get assistance if you think that you may be experiencing any of these problems. Remember, any Soldier CAN face serious deployment-related stress problems.
  • Robert Morrow University: Veterans of the U.S. armed services will be able to earn a degree tuition-free at Robert Morris University (RMU) under the newly created RMU Military Service Award.
  • Stars and Stripes: Stars and Stripes is a daily newspaper published for the U.S. military, DoD civilians, contractors, and their families. Unique among the many military publications, Stars and Stripes operates as a First Amendment newspaper, free of control and censorship.
  • The American Legion: A membership to The American Legion entitles active-duty personnel and families to: professional help in obtaining full medical, educational, and insurance benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, assistance in preparing VA claims and getting accurate information concerning financial services, and professional representation of veterans’ interests in Congress by the American Legion's staff in Washington, D.C., who are fighting for legislation that protects the benefits of all veterans and their families.
  • The American Legion: The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.
  • The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten: The purpose of this site is to help provide information about the toxic water contamination aboard U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina in Onslow County. Browse through important documents like a referenced timeline of events for the first half of the toxic water contamination and compare it to the official Marine Corps version. Read about the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's studies on the toxic exposure upon former residents of the Midway Park, Berkeley Manor, and Paradise Point housing areas by the Tarawa Terrace, Hadnot Point, and Holcomb Boulevard water distribution systems.
  • The Military Family Network: The Military Family Network provides services that offer a state of the art secure, environment where service members, families and America's communities can communicate. Visit the various military community forums, find out how military families can get support, even join a book or fitness club.
  • United Services Organization: The USO currently operates centers around the world, including numerous mobile canteens, located in the continental United States and overseas. The USO provides a variety of programs and services, including orientation programs, family events, travel assistance, free Internet and e-mail access, and recreation services.
  • USA Together: You've served your country well, now allow your country to give back to you. USA Together brings together injured service members who need assistance and the people who want to help them.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): For all you’ve done for our great country, you deserve the best. VFW strives to offer quality products with competitive pricing. Your VFW membership entitles you to a range of benefits and special offers such as insurance, hotel discounts, Internet service and much more. Whether you are single, starting a family or an empty-nester, we have something for everyone.

Disability Resources

  • "Learning about Bipolar Disorder" tool-kit: World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) tool-kit designed to educate people suffering from bipolar disorder and their families by giving them the resources they need to identify, accept and manage symptoms more effectively.
  • AIDS: HIV/AIDS information from the Federal government about prevention, testing, treatment, research, programs, policies, and resources.
  • AIDS (en Espanol)
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: Find an Allergist/Immunologist, pollen counts, and easy-to-read fact sheets about a variety of allergic disorders.
  • American Cancer Society: Patients, family, friends, survisors, and caregivers can find information on cancer. Manage your cancer experience by learning about the different treatment options, find support programs and services, and resources for healthy living.
  • American College of Rheumatology: Learn about specific rheumatic diseases by reading patient-oriented overviews of over 50 topics including diseases and conditions, medications, and information about health care providers who treat rheumatology patients, and additional topics of interest for patients with rheumatic diseases. Find a rheumatologist in your area and read about legislation that affects patient care and federal funding of rheumatology research.
  • American Diabetes Association: Find information on diabetes, nutrition and recipes, weight loss and exercise, and other helpful resources.
  • American Lung Association: Do you suffer from a lung disease like Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema or COPD? Learn more about your disease, and read about treatment options and procedures.
  • Angel Food Ministries: Founded in 1994, Angel Food Ministries provides food for individuals who are struggling financially. The Angel Food program helps provide food relief to more than 500,000 families each month. The menu for Angel Food varies from month to month, and all orders are picked up at local Host Sites; churches, organizations, schools and outreaches throughout the United States. A box of food goes for $28-$30 and provides balanced nutrition and variety with enough food to feed a family of four for a week.
  • CardioSmart: Being CardioSmart starts with understanding more about your heart, how it works, and the factors that impact your own heart health. In this website, you will find information that explains how your most important muscle functions, and gain an understanding of how you can reduce your chances of getting heart disease. And if you have been diagnosed with a heart condition, this website will provide you with an understanding of the things you should try to control in order to improve your chances for a longer, healthier life.
  • CFIDS Association of America: As many as 4 million U.S. adults, teens and children suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of CFS, find a health care provider, and join an online community.
  • Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America: Find detailed information about Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, important research findings and how it affects the lives of those who live with it everyday.
  • Crohn's Online: Learn how to avoid problematic foods, techniques that can help reduce stress, or learn more about treatment options that will help you better manage your Crohn's flare-ups.
  • Disability Resuorces: Looking for help in your state or community? The Disability Resources's Regional Resource Directory lists thousands of local agencies and organizations, arranged by state and subdivided by topic.
  • Epilepsy Foundation: Learn about epilepsy and living with the disability, and interact online with others affected by the disease.
  • Fibro Center: Read about fibromyalgia, the symptoms of fibromyalgia pain, find online tools and resources to help you cope with the disorder.
  • Fibromyalgia Network: Stay current on fibromyalgia treatment, coping strategies, and connect online with others like you.
  • Florida Department of Children and Families: The ACCESS (Automated Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency) website allows you to check your eligibility for food stamps, cash assistance, and medicaid, apply on-line for any of the aforementioned services, and view current benefits information.
  • GovBenefits.gov: GovBenefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 Federal- and State-administered benefit and assistance programs. Find out which benefits you may be eligible for by using their online screening tool - it's free, easy-to-use, and completely confidential.
  • HealthCare.com: Use HealthCare.com's vast directory to search for a healthcare provider by specialty, name, or symptom.
  • Heart Health Inc.: USB-enabled Heart Health Monitor that is simple to use and when strapped to the wrist, provides heart health indicator readings within one minute of activation. The data is transferred via e-mail or GSM cell phone to a physician.
  • Hospitals Directory: Find hospitals by state.
  • Hypertension Education Foundation, Inc.: Improve your health by educating yourself. Find helpful information on hypertension, or high blood pressure.
  • Living with Crohn's Disease: Find information on Crohn's disease, tips on living with the disease, treatment, and research.
  • Medicare: The Official U.S. Government site for people with medicare.
  • National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists: Search for a mental health professional near you who is certified by the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists.
  • National Institute of Mental Health: The National Institute of Mental Health is dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders. Find medical information and articles on neurological disorders such as, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), back pain, and spinal cord injury.
  • National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus is chock-full of helpful information. Read about your condition in the medical encyclopedia, find a doctor or hospital, read about your prescriptions, medicines, herbs, and supplements, and access news articles and other helpful resources.
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Learn all about Multiple Sclerosis, how to get treatment, maintain the quality of your life, and join an online community.
  • National Organization on Disability
  • PubMed: PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
  • Section 8 Programs: Low income housing programs provide houses, apartments and shelters designed especially for families with low incomes who cannot afford safe, decent housing nation wide. Log on to apply and have online access to Section 8 housing and low income housing listings in the United States.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, fka Food Stamps): SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health. You apply for benefits by completing a State application form. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card and accepted at most grocery stores.
  • Vestibular Disorders Association: Vestibular (inner ear) disorders can cause dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, hearing changes, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and other symptoms. Access information, helpful resources, and support for those suffering from a vestibular disorder.
  • WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and Farmers' Market Nutrition Program: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

Free Healthcare (Local Clients)

Affordable Healthcare (Local Clients)

  • Children's Medical Services: Find many resources to assist you with understanding your child's health issues and to provide family information and assistance.
  • Florida Discount Drug Card Program: The Florida Discount Drug Card is designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Florida residents who meet their eligibility guidelines.
  • Florida Health Finder: Find information to help you compare hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health plans, nursing homes, and prescription drugs. The website also lists Florida health care facilities; information on health insurance; medical care resources for the uninsured; resources for seniors; and much more.
  • Florida Kid Care: Florida's children’s health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check which program your child may be eligible for based on age and family income.

SSA District Offices & ODARs

General

  • D'Angelo Realty: This real estate firm proudly adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Daytona Beach Personal Injury advocate | Deltona Wrongful Death representative: Daytona Beach Personal Injury advocate | Deltona Wrongful Death representative: If you have been seriously injured, Zimmet & Quarles has the answers to the questions you are asking. Before you hire a advocate or sign any forms, get the free books and information provided by Zimmet & Quarles. Whether you have been hurt in Daytona Beach, Orange City, Deltona, Deland, Palm Coast, Port Orange or Ormond Beach, our free books are available to you before you make any decisions. We answer questions about car and motorcycle wrecks, medical malpractice, nursing home injuries and more.

  • Facebook: Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. It's easy and fun to create a profile. Log on today and join our group: Florida Disability Claims/Benefits advocates.
  • Fibromyalgia news and treatment information: Fibromyalgia can cause many disabling symptoms. This link includes up to date information, news and research.
  • Share your story about fibromyalgia: Are you living with fibromyalgia? Finding someone who truly understands what you're going through can provide many benefits. Consider sharing your story and tips with others, so that they may learn from your experience.
  • WhoCanISue.com: whocanisue.com has the largest directory of trained personal injury advocates, family advocates, real estate representatives, product liability representatives, and more! Visit whocanisue.com to research your rights and determine whether you are eligible for a lawsuit. If you find that you qualify for a lawsuit, whocanisue.com will provide you with the option to contact a representative or law firm in your geographic area.