There are numerous programs and services available to handicapped persons.
The majority of these programs and services are from government agencies while others are from several reputable non-governmental organizations around the world as you will see in this article.
Living with a disability does not in any way mean that you should go through life without having the basic necessities.
It doesn’t also mean that you should give up on your dreams of being well educated, participating in recreational activities, or having a well-paying job.
If you’re determined to go on with your education, participate in sports, get your dream job or start up a business, you’d find several agencies out there who are very willing to render one assistance or the other to you.
Below is a list of several services that are available for people living with disabilities alongside the organizations offering them. You’ll also find the website links, phone numbers, and addresses of some of these organizations. Read on!
List of Services for Persons with Disabilities
Here’s the list of services designed with handicapped persons in mind. You can always access any of them whenever the need arises.
I’ve grouped them into categories to make it easier for you to find the particular program that you need.
The DO-IT Center, University of Washington
DO-IT stands for “Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology”
“The DO-IT Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education.”
Although this center for learning created for handicapped persons is based at the University of Washington in the US, you can access their services from any part of the world from their website.
The DO-IT Center is one of the best places that you can maximize your potentials through education as a disabled person.
To learn more about how this works, visit their official websites using the link: https://www.washington.edu
Online Colleges, Scholarships, and Degree Programs
This website contains a list of universities that provide special programs for people who are handicapped.
Among such universities are American University, East Carolina University, Iowa State University, and New York Institute of Technology.
The universities and colleges mentioned on the website offer scholarships to handicapped persons with the passion to open or expand their perspectives through education. See the full list of the universities here.
National Center on Workforce and Disability
Based at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston, this center trains and assists people with one disability or the other to find suitable jobs.
You can find their numerous resources and also learn more about how you can benefit from their employment services as a handicapped person here: http://www.onestops.info.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy, the U.S. Department of Labour, runs a series of programs and services, which connect qualified college students and graduates with employers all over the country.
For instance, the Workforce Recruitment Program is aimed at helping people with disabilities to find jobs in different sectors within the country.
Also, the Campaign for Disability Employment creates awareness and urges employers to employ qualified handicapped persons.
Through ODEP, you can get a federal, state, or local government job and that of privately owned establishments.
Learn about the agency and its programs and services for the disabled by visiting https://www.dol.gov.
You can also reach out to them on the phone using the numbers: 1-866-4-USA-DOL, 1-866-487-2365(TTY) or visit them at 200 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20210.
More than 95,000 people with significant disabilities are employed through this agency’s nonprofit network.
SourceAmerica believes that everyone should have access to meaningful employment, and that includes the handicapped persons.
The agency plays a very significant role in helping the disabled get their dream jobs. You can reach out to them at 8401 Courthouse Rd, Vienna, VA22182.
You can also call them on (888)411-8424 or learn more about them by visiting their website: https//www.sourceamerica.org
Disabled Sports USA
Do you enjoy horse riding, bicycling, mountain climbing, skiing and other kinds of sports as a person living with a disability? This organization exists for you.
Disabled Sports USA provides recreational activities specifically meant for the people living with one disability or the other. With chapters all over the US and beyond, the organization serves a very large audience yearly. You can become a part of that.
Learn how you can enjoy the services this organization offers by visiting their website via this link: https://www.disabledsportsusa.org.
You can also reach out to them through their phone number: 302-217-0960.
National Center on Accessibility
This agency provides people with disabilities the opportunity to learn and participate in recreation activities. They are responsible for making recreation centers, parks, and the likes, accessible for handicapped persons.
Visit their website: http://www.ncaonline.org
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National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
This agency provides free library service for people living with disabilities. If you enjoy reading books and magazines a lot as a physically challenged person, you will find the books here quite interesting. Including the audiobooks.
Check them out at https://www.loc.gov.
There are several services available for people with disabilities. These are just a few of them. Hope you find them helpful.