The federal government mandates the Protection and Advocacy. Systems in every state and U.S. territory as well as one serving the Native American population in the four corners region. This network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
The Protection and Advocacy system works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by:
- guarding against abuse
- advocating for basic rights
- ensuring accountability in health care, education, employment, housing, transportation, and within the criminal justice systems.
To contact the agency nearest to you, go to this site and click the name of your state: http://www.ndrn.org/en/ndrn-member-agencies.html.
For information on Supplemental Security Income (SSI), consult the Social Security Administration at http://ssa.gov/disabilityssi/ssi.html.
For information on joining a pooled special needs trust, visit the Academy of Special Needs Planners at specialneedsanswers.com/pooled-trust.
HousingFor help with housing, including finding low-income housing options:
- The National Center for Assisted Living: www.ahcancal.org/ncal.
- The US federal government's website for information on disability-related services: https://www.disability.gov/resource/disability-govs-guide-housing/.
- The US Department of Housing and Urban Development's site on vouchers for people with disabilities: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/pwd/certain.
- A Guide for Disabled Homebuyers