There are many disabilities that exist, so it is important to understand exactly what they are. Here is a definition from the World Health Organization:
“Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Thus disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.”
Common disabilities include, but are not limited to: physical, sensory, visual/hearing impairment, mental health/emotional, development. All of these disabilities have different conditions that accompany them. You may learn more about disabilities and information on the different types here: http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/types/
For a comprehensive guide to eligibility as well as the process of applying and receiving disability benefits, visit: https://www.moneysavingpro.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-social-security-disability-benefits/
Consumer Health Labs offers links to several accessibility resources,including:
There are several organizations that help people with disabilities attain the accommodations that they need to be able to find appropriate employment.
A free Guide to Disability Claims sponsored by disabilitydenials.com is available online at: http://www.disabilitydenials.com/guide-to-disability-claims/.
Central Iowa Center for Independent Living
655 Walnut Street Suite 131
Des Moines, IA 50317
To empower individuals with disabilities to control their lives. We are a community-based, non-profit, non-residential program serving persons with disabilities. CICIL is dedicated to assisting all persons, regardless of disability, in making choices about their own lives and in experiencing success as active participants in society.
Cerebral Palsy Group Cerebral Palsy Group provides educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy. https://cerebralpalsygroup.com/
Deaf Services Commission of Iowa
Department of Human Rights
2nd Floor, Lucas State Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines IA 50319
To serve, represent and promote a greater understanding of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, infants to adults, statewide.
Disability Program Navigators (Iowa State Agencies)
430 E Grand Avenue
Facilitate seamless and comprehensive services to persons with disabilities in One-Stop Career Centers.
Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council
617 East 2nd Street
Des Moines IA 50309
To identify, develop, and promote public policy and support practices through capacity building, advocacy and systems change activities. The purpose is to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families are included in planning, decision-making and development of policy related to services and support that affect their quality of life and full participation in communities of their choice.
Iowa Department for the Blind
524 4th Street
Des Moines IA 50309-2364
The Iowa Department for the Blind is the means for persons who are blind to obtain for themselves universal accessibility and full participation as citizens in whatever roles they may choose. We are the state agency responsible for providing most of the services Iowans who are blind need to live independently and work competitively. For a copy of this Guide in Braille or on tape, please contact the Department.
The Iowa Divisions of Persons with Disabilities
Lucas State Office Building, Second Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
An agency located within the Department of Human Rights in Iowa. They’re mission is to provide adequate resources for people with disabilities living in Iowa. They deal with various things like discrimination claims, help finding a job, or just acting as an advocate for the disabled community. You may learn more about The Division of Persons with Disabilities here: http://www.humanrights.iowa.gov/pd/
Iowa Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc.
400 East Court Avenue Suite 300
Des Moines, IA 50309
To advocate for the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities.
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
510 East 12th Street
Des Moines IA 50319-0240
To work for and with individuals with disabilities to achieve their employment, independence and economic goals.
4301 NE 14th
Des Moines, IA 50313
Iowa COMPASS (and Info Tech)
100 Hawkins Dr. #S295
Iowa City, IA 52242
Iowa COMPASS believes that information empowers persons with disabilities to make decisions which increase their full participation and inclusion in communities. We provide accurate information in a timely and consumer responsive manner utilizing information technologies