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What resources are available for Californians with disabilities?

There are thousands of Los Angeles residents who live with a disability. For some, it is a physical disability, and they have to learn to do everyday tasks despite their limitations. For others, it is a mental disability, and they do their best to take their prescribed medications and see the medical professionals who will help them get through the day. Many of these people will qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits when their disability prevents them from working. But, other than SSD benefits, what other resources are available for people who live with disabilities?

Our Los Angeles readers may not have known this, but there is actually a government website that attempts to marshal the information regarding resources for disabled people and put the starting point in one place -- Disability.gov. The website allows users to explore resources that are available to disabled people in a wide variety of areas, including health, education and even civil rights.

The website for the Social Security Administration has good information too, but Disability.gov can be a resource for those who have already gone through the application process for SSD benefits and been approved. In that case, the person may be starting to receive SSD benefits, but they are also still at the beginning of learning how to live with their disability.

SSD benefits are a financial resource that thousands of Los Angeles resident have taken advantage of. Beyond finances, however, the information at Disability.gov may be useful for anyone living with a disability. And, it may help those who are looking for more information on how to go about applying for SSD benefits.

Source: Disability.gov, "About Us - What Is Disability.gov?," accessed on Dec. 4, 2015

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