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Adults with disabilities: 25 years old and older. For people younger than 25, click HERE to go my post on Free Stuff for Kids with Disabilities.

Free Stuff for Adults with Disabilities

This article is all about free stuff for adults with disabilities (and/or special needs*) Why? Because there are a more than a few lists of free things, resources and help out there for kids with disabilities (and/or special needs*), but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one for adults with disabilities.

Which is either flattering or really depressing. Flattering, because it implies that we adults with disabilities have it all together and don’t need help, or depressing because there just isn’t much out there, and resources think that they are promoting them so well that lists of this type don’t seem necessary.

Either way you have it, I think it’s time to compile a handy list, and to update it as often as possible.


Personal story: I was kicking myself after I completed graduate school (on my own dime, time and with private loans) and found out that being deaf is considered a disability! As an honors student straight through, I could have easily gotten a scholarship, but I had no idea that I counted as “disabled”. Don’t be like me. Check these out:

JLV Counseling’s Clearinghouse of Scholarships for People with Disabilities: Comprehensive list of scholarships available to people with disabilities, categorized by disability.

Ruby’s Rainbow: Scholarships for people with Intellectual Disabilities to attend higher education.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation: the point of DVR/DOR is to help people with disabilities find and keep jobs that suit them. If you need higher education in order to find and keep a job that suits you, DVR/DOR should help. This is not a rule but it is definitely an avenue to explore.

Financial Aid at Your Local University:

  • sit down with a financial aid counselor (not a student helper!) and request information on all relevant grants, scholarships, opportunities, etc related to disability.
  • meet with the disability services at your local university and request all information related to grants, scholarships, opportunities, etc.
  • meet with the career counselor who works with disability/disability services at your local university and request information related to grants, scholarships, opportunities, etc. They might also have information on work opportunities.

Financial Planning

Financial planning is incredibly important for us adults with disabilities. Here are some free resources to help:

ABLE Account: understand the ABLE accounts. We can save money in an account that will not go against SSI/SSDI.

The Red Book: on the heels of understanding ABLE accounts is “The Red Book” – Social Security’s annual book on benefits. The link provided is to a pdf of the book.

Disability Benefits 101: tools and information on employment, health coverage, and benefits. Not all states are set up with the calculator, but World Institute on Disability has a lot of other information on financial planning and benefits – check out their books and resources here.

PASS Plans: “A Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) allows a person with a disability to set aside otherwise countable income and/or resources for a specific period of time in order to achieve a work goal. Any person who receives SSI benefits,or who might qualify for SSI, or any person receives SSDI (or a similar benefit) and could qualify for SSI, may be able to have a PASS. There is no limit to the number of successful PASS plans a person may use in a lifetime.

Free Disability Passes

National Park Service: free lifetime pass to US national parks and more. There are some requirements and stipulations, so read through the application – which is linked here.

State Park Service: state parks have a disability discount – look up your state for more information and for the application. California’s is linked here.

Disney Disability Pass: this is changing as a result of the abuse, but it still helps us adults with disabilities.


I’m deaf, neurodiverse and I have never had much money. I’m also a travel junkie. I have found ways to travel the world for free or cheap on numerous occasions.

Obviously, my travel parameters are going to be different from those who have disabilities different from mine – I don’t use a wheelchair, I don’t use an attendant, and I can speak for myself.

BUT the first rule of travel is something like, “If you don’t believe it, nobody will.”

You have absolutely got to hold tight to what you want and what your vision is. There is a way to accomplish it, if you are willing to do the research to figure out how to make it happen (on a dime that is not yours).

Here are some places to start:

MIUSA: Mobility International. These guys are awesome – I want to work for them! They have a ton of information on traveling abroad, financial resources, etc, listed clearly and cleanly in their fantastic website. They also have staff that you can contact with  more direct and trip-specific questions. I did, when we were going to Mexico, and they were helpful. Furthermore – they have information for Americans going abroad and people outside the US coming to the US.

The Foundation Center: search foundations to apply for funds. Don’t forget your intersections – that is, if you are poor or a female or a racial minority or LGTBQ, search under those groups as well for foundations that apply to you.

Transitions Abroad: one of the king-beasts in websites for living/working abroad (along with Dave’s ESL Cafe) – definitely opportunities to find free ways to travel or jobs.

Google: I don’t mean to be flippant, but you have to research. A simple query of “free travel” led to this good (and recent) article.

Articles like that are good but don’t feature people who use wheelchairs in the photos, nor do they have people walking around using canes and service dogs! Here we go back to the first rule: “If you don’t believe it, nobody will.” You have to see yourself doing what you want to do, and really believe you can do it – and then reach out. Do you disclose? Do you have to? You can treat a lot of these travel opportunities as a job, and use JAN’s handy disclosure articles to help you. Linked here.


Deshae Lott Quality of Life Grants: “works to help American citizens with severe mobility limitations maintain hopeful, purposeful, engaged lives by providing some financial support for medically-necessary home-health-care services not covered by insurance, private or governmental, and not covered by any other non-profit organization.”

Medicaid: from a friend, “the full range of benefits from medicaid sometimes goes overlooked. they will pay for changes in your house so it is more accessible (5k every 5 years), they offer rides to appointments, reimbursement for travel to appointments, a case worker you can contact directly, and in-home caretaker hours..”

Easterseals: I feel a little guilty putting this in because the site is so vague and huge. Evidently though, they can be useful? You are supposed to find the branch office close to where you live, and see what they are able to offer you. Sounds like fun!

REquipment: wow, ’bout time. Used medical equipment, for free, without hassle from insurance.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation: the point of a DOR/DVR is to help people with disabilities find and keep jobs. If you need some medical equipment (or something along those lines) in order to find and keep a job, they will usually help you. I got my digital hearing aids that way, years ago, and those bubbas aren’t cheap.

Assistive Technology

Department of Rehabilitation: The point of DOR/DVR is to help people with disabilities find and keep jobs (I know, I sound like a broken record player, I think that’s the 3rd time I’ve said that in this post). It’s an enormous goal and huge in it’s variables. Say you need a speech device in order to go to school so you can receive training so that you can be a train operator? = DOR will consider paying for your speech device AND tuition that is not covered by financial aid. A blind stylus? What about an iPad for deaf people, for Facetime/Skype online learning? I mean, DOR covers a lot of stuff, but you need to be able to fit what you are asking into the framework of being able to find and keep a job.

Center for Accessible Technology: they have an iPad loan program (and more, they are awesome, make sure you get to know them).

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (gotta love that name!): their description of what is out there is comprehensive and pretty accurate. It’s a good place to read through, then move on to their list of helpful organizations to reach out to, linked here.


National Library Service (for the Blind & Physically Handicapped): free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail.

Bookshare: An accessible online library for people with print disabilities.

Learning Ally: Audio books and learning tools.

Disability Discounts

There are a ton of discounts out there for us, way too many to list. I think instead of listing, it might be helpful for me to remind you to just ask.

Now, that can be a real pain in the butt, and you have to have enough spoons on hand to go through that whole, “hey! do you have a discount for people with disabilities?” and wait while they kind of look you up and down while searching through their memory banks.

If this is trying for you, some tips:

  1. Do you have a kid? Say it’s for your kid, until they are old enough to glare at you (‘Mom, why are you asking for a discount on your bifocals for me?‘)
  2. After you ask, look pointedly at your companion. Extra points if your companion doesn’t seem to have a disability!
  3. Do a little homework first and find out if the place has a reputation or not for being good community members – if not, then you are “offering an opportunity” and if so, you are “glad to be doing business with people who care.” Or something like that. 
  4. Keep it light and friendly. If you can’t, don’t ask because it’s not worth the energy.
  5. Keep notes! Take down the person’s name and address them by their name! Write a thank-you note if they were awesome.

Want more? Here’s a HuffPo article on discounts/disability (thanks, Amy!)

That’s all I have now.

Many thanks to everyone on Facebook who helped with leads. Since this is the first “Free Stuff for Adults with Disabilities” post that I’ve ever written, it would be incredibly helpful to me and to everyone reading if you would add whatever leads you know of in the comments, along with the link.

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“Special Needs” do not equal disability. These words should not be used interchangeably. Some people may have a disability but no special needs; others may have special needs but no disability. “Special Needs” is an education term; “disability” is a physical/cultural term.

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  1. Be sure to have a look at for informatoon about college opportunities for people with ID.

    1. Thank you for sharing this information!

  2. I am disabled since 9-28-99 and it’s hard I try to help others cause I squeeze every drop of juice from my pennies,everything cost and now mt blood pressure goes up cause I get angry and frustrated ,sometimes life isn,t fair! I got a second chance at life so I help others to maintain so they have food and pays bills and regulate their meds and we sometimes get free food from churches so if I don,t eat it I find someone who does and that way they can spen less on one thing and pay more on another!

    1. Bless you. And what you are putting out there is surely coming around. Karma is real. xo

  3. I am an adult with disabilities (a phrase which I find as oddly unsettling as, say, “adult with femaleness” or “adult with Americanism”), and I am wondering why your page sometimes puts quotation marks around the word “adults” where grammar would not demand this:
    specifically —
    “adults” with disabilities.

    That way of punctuating the phrase looks as if you are saying that we adults with disabilities are not actual adults, but are only a sort of “adults”-in-quotation-marks. Was that your intent? If not, as an occasional copy editor I’d be happy to help you find a more respectful way of emphasizing the word in question.

    1. WOW! I put the quotes on “adults” just to emphasize that it’s adults (and not kids), and honestly didn’t really put much thought into it. I can totally see what you are saying now that you’ve pointed it out – I’m pretty horrified. Thanks for pointing it out – I removed the quotation marks.

      1. My nephew is 40 (looks much younger), went thru regular school – does not admit to having a disability. The cord was around his neck at birth. He lives in an apartment and holds a job, drives but has NO friends, NO social life. Is there any kind of social activity that I might be able to persuade him to attend.

        1. My son who is 53 is on disability for PTSD and Anxiety Disorder. He has no social life either and is miserable because he wants a social life. He would like to find a friend to play Role Playing Games with or board games. He is quite intelligent but has diminished social skills. He would really enjoy a friend. He is kind hearted and not violent at all.

          1. Hi my name is Trisha ,I am writing to you lisa /.medically disabled, and mentally delayed, and medically challenged, I have a wheelchair ,and crutches, and oxygen ,and a walker, I am using, my mother’s wifi tablet, for my messages ,I have carcinoma cancer ,and pancretitis ,and multiple medical issues, and problems ,and I have a therapy kitten ,😺 named Wilson lynch ,I wish that I can, get stuff and things ,for free ,because I don’t drive, and no transportation, for me to get, to them, you can not tell ,if I had cerebral palsy ,but you do ,see and hear ,about me, being sick in the hospital ,I have been ,wishing that we had a big house, all on one floor ,5 bedrooms,4 bathrooms ,plus a playroom, ballpit, swingset, Trampoline, outside toys for me Trisha I love the outdoors, I love adventures,outside, like toys wise ,sandbox with toys ,for it, love baby clothes and baby dolls and accessories, barbies and accessories books, movies, children’s,books, and movies, I need a book shelf, for my books,and movies, and my cds,swimming pool, above ground,and another ,swimming pool ,above ground ,so I can ,slide into the pool, I love, getting mail, from people, whom I don’t know, and I love ,singing ,along ,with my music,s , I love drama, mysteries, action, love star wars figure, s unicorns, paw patrol, Lisa frank accessories, hello kitty, accessories, hot wheel cars, hot wheel tracks, collections of cars the movies, and the collections ,of McQueen lighting cars,collection,I love ,collecting ,Walt Disney movies, music cds, Mcdonald toys, and I bought drinking glasses from McDonald’s, Walt Disney ,drinking glasses, Halloween ,drinking glasses, sippie cups, baby bottles, and baby binkies,and blankets,ty beanie babies, and other beanie babies, burping rags, baby quilts, baby shoes, baby socks, baby bibs, I have a Mt bike, but I need a smaller size one,

        2. @Sara, Hi I’m Shanal soon it’ll be Shelly I’m almost 43 I was born with being Mentally Challenged i also have Anxiety and PTSD I’ll be your sons friend

        3. Adlynn-Rayne Catt says:

          Hi! If you would be interested in finding out if he would be open to having an older challenged friend, I Seoul be happy to write letters via snail mail or email.

  4. Rose Case says:

    This is great. I have passed it onto the Portland Asperger’s Network in Oregon. We have many young adults and families who will find this information useful.

      1. any discounts for the disabled seniors who are legally blind and low income in NYC

        1. probably. look through this list, and consider reaching out to your local blind and cross-disability organizations (like Federation of the Blind, Lighthouse for the Blind, Center for Independent Living) as well as senior assist programs.

          good luck!

        2. Mary and Raymond Miller says:

          I don’t know where else to place this, but you forgot a very important element of disabled access to information for EVERYONE in this list that would have helped people who are using this List for Adult Access (rather than call it Freebies, since BVR isn’t free: you have to qualify to be eligible to work and have to go through a 40 hour vetting process to prove capability to have a job long before they will begin the process of helping with limited capacity of assistance.

          Anyway, the PHONE NUMBER nationally to 2-1-1 that handles all social services in all communities in the USA. It allows the disabled to find food banks, supplemental food bank systems (choice care), free clothing vouchers, free furniture vouchers, literacy programs, and other local support including dental options, should the area have qualified for the program. They can give low vision center information and certainly if the state has a disabled card discount program, etc. They also give outreach for other programs as well, including EITC which helps prepare taxes for free.

    1. Karla Bellanger says:

      Is your program is available? If not, could you please refer me to some agencies who grant adult with no child. I never have enough money for food needs, as I get $15 of food stamps monthly . after rent, car payment, insurance, buying household needed supplies such as tissue, dish soap, and so on.

      1. I’m sorry, I don’t have a program. This is just a list of things that you can apply for or that are available for adults with disabilities

        1. Octavia Phillips says:

          I live in Omaha Nebraska in a homeless shelter called open door mission. I was blessed to find housing for me and my 12 year old son, but I don’t have a bed so I can’t leave. They don’t do beds for fear of bed bugs. Can someone help me get a bed I will be so grateful. One thing they do though is buy bed for the kids so I don’t need to worry about my son. I am 5’1 and 250lbs

          1. Hello, I’m writing to say that nobody cares that we are disabled,especially if you have no children under 18 years old. I became disabled sept of 2018. Im end stage congested heart 48 years old. I worked for 31 years. My disability benefit is 1148 a month.i won’t get Medicare for 2 years.after all my bills are paid, I have nothing left.medicaid dropped me because I get 3.00 to much on disability.i can go on and on how screwed up this crap is. But if I was an illegal alien, I would have it made.

          2. @Tene I’m very much on the same page as you. I am single no kids , 42 years old became disabled at 23 on ssdi get $1004 a month no other assistance and barely get by. What do we do? Who can help Guide us or give us resources to help ourselves?

          3. Can you go back to school? re-train yourself or figure out a way to supplement your income as a creator/creative? I’m honestly not sure how else to increase the income without doing that. I’m happy to talk with you about it if you want to dm me on Facebook/instagram or email me (Meriah AT

          4. @Tene, “Illeagal aliens have it easier?” It’s bad policy by elected officials not immigrants that disability payments are not livable. I’m also on disability. It’s not enough after working so many years. The money is there but it goes to corporate socialism. Bail companies out but leave us behind. Your immigrate comment is very ignorant please do some research.

        2. Octavia Phillips says:

          I am disabled I suffer from siezures. I live in a homeless shelter in Omaha Nebraska with my 12 year old son. I guess I forgot to mention I have epilepsy. We live at the open door mission near the epply airport

      2. Karla, Check your local Community Action Agency to see if they have the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TFAP) It provides food assistance for low-income individuals every 3 months. It’s not a great deal of food but every little bit helps. Hope this helps.

      3. Good pantries says:

        Food pantries at churches.

      4. Contact your local United Way or dial 211. They can provide you with a list of local programs that will help with food, clothing, heat, electric, medical, home, etc.

    2. Joshua Roberg says:

      I’m paralyzed from motocross chest down. Good web site keep up good work . I’m doing everything on my own. Living off disability. I even made my own hand Controlls to drive. Trying to get it Patten an make it affordable for poor people like me. To be able to get out not sit in wheelchair at home all time . Hit me up ya ever interested in hand Controlls ??

  5. Great list! I would suggest adding Centers for Independent Living. There are hundreds of them all over the U.S., in every state and territory. They are nonprofit organizations governed and staffed by disabled people. They serve people with any kind of disability, of any age, and almost all of their services are free. They also do advocacy and activism. Find a CIL near you here:

  6. Wow, this is so needed. I would ask that you write a followup list of whatever you can find for Adults with Disabilities living in other Countries.

    I am a 48 year old Canadian woman living with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. As you’ve correctly stated, there are tons of supports, discounts and free stuff for kids, but once we reach adulthood, it is as if our disabilities somehow disappear. This hold especially true for people with physical disabilities – I have to be my own advocate and literally fight for care and I have a voice and ability to do it, but not everyone does.

    1. I completely agree with you in that 1) it’s like people expect our disabilities will go away when we become adults and 2) we really need to have more lists and collections of resources for countries other than the US.

      I doubt I have the wherewithal to do that at this point, but it’s a long term goal, for sure.

  7. June A. DiPolito says:

    Thank you so much. I am a provider in Georgia and also most importantly mother of adult daughter with developmental disabilities. I am going to share with my network. Happy 2017!

  8. I am an amputee so totally disabled and a senior citizen. I need major work on my property, the sewiage is many years old and needs total new material, is there an agency I can go to or call to get assistance for the work or an agency that can do it for free? I have no money at hand and can’t get credit for such a task that needs to be done. I sure hope you have something for me to check into. If not, oh well at least I asked. Happy 2017.

    1. I think it makes sense to
      1. google and see what organizations serving “seniors and disability” are in your area. Ask them.
      2. connect with your local branch office of CIL (center for independent living) and ask them.
      3. check in with the Foundation Center (listed in the post) for an organization that has grants for seniors/disabled (or both), and apply for the funds to fix it.

      I truly hope something works out.

      1. Melode lambert says:

        55 yr old woman on disability with 2 support pets needs a room to rent untill I’m off the waiting list for a apt. Never been to jail. Dont drink. Quiet.

      2. Thank you for the great list Meriah
        I wanted to add one that I found out about recently. When you are disabled you can become a member of Silver Sneakers. It is generally for senior citizens but also includes disabled adults. This program is accepted at many of the major gyms. Now I realize not all disabled can use a gym. I was able to use the pool which helped with my disability.

    2. Denise Patterson says:

      Check with your county and state goverments. Many have resource for a person just like you. My county has a list of vetted contractor that charge disable and seniors a deeply discounted rate. Every company and every employee is checked out. I’ve had handyman services, guttering, a retaining wall replaced and a porch addtion. And never had a problem!

  9. Darlene Chock says:

    Thanks I appreciate having this information all in one place. Also for the tip, special needs=educational term, disability=cultural term. I have been looking for information using the incorrect term. Wondered why I kept getting information regarding school or school based activities. Here where I live, “special populations” also means kids and adults with disability. Since the community center has activities or functions specifically for ages 16+ or ages 8+.

    1. oh, trust me, people here say “special populations” too, when talking about disability. Drives me nuts, because it’s so incorrect…

  10. Manuel Vasquez {Manny} says:

    well is so hard tray to expain after my assault and robbery because almost lost my life. Im a crime victim; Im diisable person to under medication{depression-mayor}. Now I need contacts to persons with information regarden to jobs, links, etc. TKY Manuel
    vasquez. 3124396271

  11. Thanks for this list! I live in NZ so they don’t really apply but I love that you’ve written it. I found this in my search for activities for my husband who has brain cancer. He has a numb right side (so he cant write or walk well), he’s got communication problems (he cant really understand or talk at all) and has memory problems. And hes in a wheelchair- So hard to figure out what fun activities we can do within our small budget. Do you know where I might find some ideas (Im looking on Pinterest) for a 30 yr old man that cant talk, has the use of one arm, low energy and cant walk?

    Any ideas are appreciated!

  12. Phillip smith says:

    How do I become involved and not seem weird or over eager. The lady I met is wonderful and I’d like to not be so in the dark

  13. just got disabled bus cards but looking for disabled free options iam not asking for a car iam asking for disabled electric bike please 38338 Jeanette st Palmdale ca 93550 JoseLuisMariscalReyes

  14. does medicare count to go too college a disabled electric bike

  15. Thank you so much for this list. I have a brain injury (front temporal lobe) and it was very easy to follow/understand- i didnt get lost navigating it (yay…meaning…i didnt end up getting overly frustrated and just leaving the site)!!! Much, much, much appreciation to you!!!

  16. About a paragraph in, I knew I was going to comment and say thank you for posting this article. You must be a special kind of person to take the time to research and put this information out there. I had cancer when I was 24. I’m cancer free now at 28 but the treatment left me with a long list of “issues” and sometimes it’s hard to look on the bright side. Anyway, I did read through the other comments and I just want to add that besides being wonderful for contributing the article, I also want to commend you for putting up with those who 1) criticized you over your choice in punctuation 2) criticized you for not including more resources for people who do not live in the same country as you or 3) essentially gave you their sob story and their contact information and asked you to find them a job… To those folks, I just want to say.. 1) Are you kidding? Stop complaining. Your complaining about things that don’t matter is more harmful to disabled “adults” than any quotation marks will ever be. 2) Are you kidding? You really expect this one individual to come up with a list of resources for every country? The US is a big place! And 3) If you are looking for help, see the list of resources above. Did you even bother to read the article? Also harmful to all disabled adults are those who take advantage! Don’t be so lazy!

    1. Ha! Thank you so much!

      When I first read the comments about wanting specific help (that had been listed), I felt the same way, like, “um… it’s there – just read through it!”, but to be honest, there have been hundreds of those comments now (a lot of them are sent privately), so it’s all water off a ducks’s back now.

      This piece is due for an update – do you know of anything good to add? Thanks again

    2. Agreed!!! Ok, I know this was posted like 2 years ago, so I’m late. Lol. But props to you Meriah! Seriously, your awesome for taking the time to put this together. I’m an “adult” who struggles everyday with my emotional/mental illnesses/disabilities. No physical ones at this point. I also have 2 boys who are on the spectrum. Although some of these things don’t apply to our needs, people like you most certainly do!!! Thanks for your research, hard work, and unselfishness. You help make the world a little easier and much more enjoyable! Thanks again!

    3. Exactly….I was literally gobsmacked when I was reading these comments. Such ungrateful people, smdh. It’s TRULY a blessing that this selfless individual took their own time to research and write such a helpful tool for so many in need. To write ANYTHING ELSE in this comment thread other than: THANKING THIS PERSON/or adding in additional info that would add to this AMAZING article, is honestly mind boggling to me…

  17. Theresa Beltz says:

    Hello : ) I am a 50 year old single mother of a 32 year old son named Ryan, who is Mentally Handicapped (Special Needs) and has ADHD, Depression, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder. I,myself, am disabled and suffer from Bipolar Disorder, Severe Depression and Anxiety, along with physical ailments such as Hypertension, Diastolic Dysfunction,Cervical Disc Herniations, and Spinal Stenosis. *** My son has been living in a group home for many years and is about 45 minutes away from me. I pick him up and he stay with me in the house I am renting, as much as possible. *** Due to my very low income, I am not able to meet all his needs and treat him to any gifts or recreational activities. Lack of food, money for gas and limited resources, keeps me from seeing him as much as I would love to. If I could provide for him and meet his needs, I would love to have him move back home with me, and give him the world ! ***Does anyone know if there are any programs, foundations, or agencies that might be able to help me ? *** My dream would to be able to have a tablet or updated computer with a printer to teach him basic computer skills, allow him to print out photos of his favorite things, and educational materials. (All I have for him to use is this 11 year old, outdated laptop) ***Ryan loves watching professional wrestling, and Music is his Life !!! *** I would love to be able to take him to concerts and musical events. We love to be in nature and enjoy camping and beaches. So, another dream would be able to rent a cabin in a state park, or a cottage on the lake. (We live in Western New York and have wonderful lakes around us) ***Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to read this, and God Bless !

    1. @Theresa Beltz,

      Hi Theresa I’m praying God grants you & your son all your dream’s It’s so heart breaking that there’s no help for anyone these days to keep a special needs family seems people’s Statius symbols cars & clothing are more needed than putting real family’s together.Your both in my prayers. God Bless You and your beautiful efforts to reach out for help. 🙏🏼

  18. Deneen Scully says:

    I’m looking for idem for my grandfather

  19. I’m 40 year old single woman in ohio. I have been doing a lot of research over the last few months and so glad when I came across your post. You are a true heaven sent and an angel to share all this easy to follow information. To those that are lazy taking you for granted they aren’t worthy to be enjoying your info. This had to take so much of your time. One thing is like to add is check with a local senior center even if your not a senior. As an adult with disabilities they will also help (at least I’m Cleveland Ohio). I have found help with moving, if your a home owner you can get help with drive, fridge, furnaces, hot water tank, roof, Windows, and also a wheelchair ramp. Don’t get me wrong it’s all based on funding available and only so much per year they will do. Another thing is talk to your social worker if they aren’t helping find another. Also contact utility companies some offer programs to help you be more “energy efficiency “. Thanks for all your time effort and energy!!! God bless and happy New year!

    1. Calling local sr center. Great idea I had not thought of since I’m disabled but not a senior. Thank you.

    2. I was wondering how or where you searched for help with moving? my husband and I live in a basement apartment currently, and he has multiple sclerosis, and can BARELY climb the stairs, I have also just recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and am starting to have problems with the stairs myself. we are trying to find somewhere we can move to, but we really don’t have the money, so, trying to see if we can get rent assistance. if/when we are able to move, I need to see if I can get moving assistance for free/really cheap, but wasnt sure if something like that even existed! Im happy I read your comment, so I could ask you how you found it? thankyou for your attention! god bless!

  20. I live in newyork.My brother in law is disable in pakistan.can you help him to to come newyork and his leg knee replacement.

  21. I LOVE that you have assessable button choices on your page. Thank you.

  22. Ernest Smith says:

    I love to fish but im disabled after paying my bills. I really cant buy what * need to go fishing with Thanks

  23. Is there any place in so Calif to help a multiple handicap adult with CP who is also blind with the mind set of a 1 yr old for BRACES FOR HIS LEGS diapers, pads, ECT. He is on medical which stopped everything. Any HELP would be greatly appreciated.

  24. Bill Monson says:

    Cedar Point Amusement Park (Sandusky, Ohio USA) offers Free Admission for people with Disabilities and Non-Profits every year. Limit 4 Free Tickets per year. Applications for these Free Tickets can be found online between January – Mid February every year.

    I also have Cedar Point Guide where I list offers year round for Free & Discounted Cedar Point Admission Tickets. The website is updated weekly. The website is also available in 105 Languages.

  25. As you say, there are hundreds of discounts. There are a couple worth mentioning as they apply to anyone low income. Housing energy assistance (LIHEAP) for one, and an exception to trash and recycling fees on your sewer bills for another. Check with your county office to find these. Both of these are extremely common expenses that there is assistance available for.

  26. Patty Tollari says:

    My son is 17 and will be 18 next year in June. He has a spinal cord injury from a diving accident which left him a tetrapalegic..where should I turn to for that in between age. He is 6’2 and weighs 180 pounds so no equipment in the children’s free sites will fit him. Or will they what are the sites to look into for used equipment. For children and adults. We are located near Pittsburgh PA
    Thank you,
    Patty T.

  27. Doreen Luck Salter says:

    In Waukesha, WI there is a place called Katy’s Closet (, which will lend you assistive devices for adults and children (i.e. crutches, leg braces, shower bench, raised toilet seat, walker, tricycles, highchairs for kids with Cerebral Palsy, incontinence products, wheelchairs, and the list goes on and on). These items have been donated by people who no longer need them and you can borrow them for as long as they are needed. There is no cost ever. They will never ask you to return them. I have made many donations of items that my parents or myself no longer need. I have Fibromyalgia and have had both my knees replaced which resulted in four surgeries and am on disability. I will do some research and submit other resources.

    Meriah, what a wonderful contribution this site is for all of us.

    1. thank you!! that is an awesome resource, and I would certainly appreciate any others you find. xo m

  28. I was able to get a free cell phone (nothing fancy) and free monthly service because of my disability. Its a government program through a company called Q Link. It was super easy to apply, just a quick form on their website. I think the only paperwork I supplied was a photo of my Social security tax form showing the benefits I receive, and maybe my ID. Beware…eligibility is based on income limit, thats it. Hope this helps. God bless.

    1. I don’t know of a specific one… just the compiled places in this post. Good luck!

  29. Meriah…..thank you, I just googled “Free or discounted for the disabled”. Several sites came up and yours was the first. I am very thankful for this list and that there are other sites to look at! I am used to being my own advocate and every else should else should be as well! Hurricane Florence hit me hard. Since September I have been trying to find every resource available. You gotta do what you gotta do to get by.
    Thanks, Kim

  30. Hi meriah ! Thanks for all your help. I am a recent amputee due to complications with diabetes. There are multiple agencies that offer discounts or free admissions to things. I believe you are only as handicapped as you make yourself to be. There are many times that I would like to just do simple things like feel the grass on my feet again or run outside with my son who is 8. It’s the simple things that matter the most. I am in need for assistance to get me an automobile so that I can make trips to and from the doctor. I am not looking for a handout but just a little assistance on how to get the resources need to obtain such things. A forum like this is a great help to those who may need a little help or assistance. Not for people to give them something without trying. Nothing bothers me more than to see a person who expects something because they are handicapped, disabled, or mentally challenged. I don’t expect things. The only things I expect are things happen reasonably because I tried and never gave up. Yes it sucks to be handicapped but these are the cards I was dealt and I will go all in with the hand I was dealt. Please don’t go to a forum begging for something for free. TRY first then if you can’t reach the next step look for a hand rail before asking for someone to tote you to the top of the stars. Enough of my rant now…… Look for assistance and help whenever you see someone trying but not succeeding don’t just give because someone doesn’t have but give when someone is trying but not succeeding. Many states have what are called vocational rehab programs through the state that will help with books and tuition to schools for higher education. There are pell grants etc for educational needs. The habitats for humanities can help also. They help with housing etc. the local food banks and food stamps, the WIC program are for women infants and children which allocated milk beans cereal cheese and nutritional foods for developmental needs Medicare and Medicaid depending on circumstance are there to help with medical needs and medication. Some medications can be either paid for given assistance when needed. Just contact the pharmaceutical company that makes or has the patent on it. Hope this helps.

  31. I’m a disabled Also And I don’t have help from no one to people don’t like me or be with me…….

  32. Matthew A Thornton says:

    I wanted to write a comment to say thank you. Thank you for creating a website that goes over different topics to help anyone who has a disability. I also wanted to say, disabilities do not always have to be visible. They can be a physical disability. Everyone deserves to be able to grow and move forward no matter what their position is. It is great to being able to get to know anyone that is wanting to continue to grow with learning, proceeding to do anything they put their minds to no matter what. So, thank you for informing us with all of the great information that you have provided us within the website so we can live an active life.

  33. Hello my name is Jennifer. I am looking for financies to paid for driving lessons I have Cerebal Palsy. They any agency that for stuff this where I live. I live in Wichita Falls,Tx .

  34. Anita Mathews says:

    You guys are all a life savor. Thank you and I appreciate all of you for the work that you do.

  35. I have been disabled since 2017 due to criminal assault and battery at work, and suffered brain damage, damage to both eyes where they no longer focus properly, as I have double vision with either eye shut. I have numbness in both hands and feet. I’m confused by lists and many other things, and don’t understand why some go out of their way to create sites that say they are to help disabled, and yet written to screw with our minds. saying things such as it is as easy as laying bricks, and that is not something that I am able to do. I could before I was deliberately attacked and also had back problems. I’m just not sure what to do anymore, as the world is full of more lies than anything to help people. My guess is that our government just wants people to be so miserable that they will kill themselves, but I’m not going to do that. I want to find ways to make these people that find it acceptable to not help as they are suppose to be the ones to suffer more than us. I am open to ideas, however it should not involve killing or such, but some way to make them loose their homes and jobs along with everything that we have worked for, as they wish on us.

  36. Just FYI I cannot find the “AskJan” ? Or Whatever that site is? It says error no site found.
    Thank you for the great list ,
    Also, In each County of where You live are Low-income Charitities that offer assistance ie…
    Harbor House
    Lutheran Services ( Lutheran Social Services ),
    Catholic Charities,
    Are a few in Ventura County, California
    I know Catholic Charities is a Program across the USA.
    Also, The Elks Lodge has been listed under other resource pages I have seen.
    Also, The Jewish Synagogue has a program for the low income /disabled/Seniors.( Thousand Oaks, CA.).
    There are many we don’t know about still !

  37. Rene West says:

    thank you so much meriah.. your time and effort to put all of this together will help us in finding help for a very special young lady who was thrown out of her mothers home during this pandemic. she is autistic with a hearing impairment. she has never been away from her mother for 42 years and has suffered PTSD from the Suicide of her Father a few years ago.

    God Bless You and Your Journey,

  38. Good information. One issue is you should never encourage someone to lie about eye glasses and say it's for your kid when it's not. That is considered fraud. You really should take that part out.

  39. tiffany nathasingh says:

    This was helpful in some was but I looking for a service dog for my tbi,ptsd,balance and my epilepsy a nd haven't found ond

  40. Angel Kent says:

    I was hit by a car as a pedestrian, internal injuries, traumatic brain injury, short term memory loss, recently diagnosed early onset dementia at 48. In Tennessee aN suffer the same issue….because I don't have children.

  41. Lori burke says:

    Looking for low-income housing for my disabled daughter and I she has Cerebral palsy and I ha e DID PTSD. ANXIETY DEPRESSION

  42. James Woods says:

    Thanks for info. Would you know how to go about the medicaid home improvement for the Every 5 yr thing? We live in KY thanks again.

  43. Maryflor Sumbillo says:

    Thank you for sharing

  44. Do you know of grants that help
    With home improvements if you need like a ramp or shower modification?

    1. There are some home ones on the list, I am sure. Did you check Easterseals?

  45. Some of your links are broken.

  46. Amy Bestgen says:

    I need a service therapy dog bad im dissabled and have mental health issues and called a vunrable adult.I lost my HARLEY dog and am having trouble copying with services&independent life styles my repayeeare screwing with me.have nothing secure stable help

    1. I definitely recommend – Canine Companions for Independence.
      Good luck, I hope everything turns around for you soon

  47. I know I will get some unhappy responses by this comment but truth is truth….
    41 disabled $1000 a month in NJ you need that amount just for housing….but when I apply for food stamps the amount I receive is $16 month what in the hell will that do seriously and to the part that is most frustrating people with no disabilty receive the same amount, hundreds in food, the disabled get medicare which doesnt cover eye or teeth, pay a monthly premium, copays for scripts etc vs medicaid free, eye, dental, free scripts they also get rental vouchers etc and the more kids they have the more money they get….I worked very hard thru 20yrs of surgeries, countless hospitalizations to be treated with less respect and dignity then someone who never worked, have no reason for not working and continue to have child after child and the government just hands then them more money…the entire written system is so ridiculously wrong it’s incredible don’t we have had enough without getting mistreated like this on top of all we endure some days I seriously wonder why I should bother to keep going I’m only 41 & have 2 lifelong chronic illnesses and need to choose between food or medicine most months the cost of living is only going up and a 1.3% raise this year seriously we’ll all be living in cardboard boxes before long if the government isn’t going to step up and help we’re sick we didn’t choose this I feel as if they just look at us as disposable….frustrating to the max but more sad than anything.

    1. bobbiesuedouglas says:

      Zoey, I have to totally agree with your frustrations. I love our country but do not hold the same for the crooks running it. Tyranny i believe best describes the political mess our country is experiencing. It is bound to get worst before anything will get be resolved. Please don’t give up! You are not alone!

  48. Mary Ann Swissler says:

    Know about free or discounted cat food?

    1. Norma Smith says:

      Sometimes local food pantries will have pet food.

  49. William bailes says:

    I am on SSI and have received it all my life I am deaf and wear a hearing aid and contacts my one year is completely deaf and I also have learning disabilities

  50. Felicia Killiebrew says:

    Do you have any information about mobility cars and grants for disabled people.

    1. no; for those, I’d just go through a PASS plan with Voc Rehab…

  51. Luke Velarde says:

    Louis and 58 years old I got the lexima squeeze problem add and a little more I’m having a hard time with life I need a computer ticketfly or something help me read can you give me the right resources I get one I’m on low-income to thank you very much have a blessed day

  52. Hello,
    I see that it was noted that this article was updated in Jan 2021. However not all sites are still active. You wouldn’t happen to have any updates would you? I wanted to share this with my support group.
    Thank you!

    1. Yes, I can update it this week. Thanks for the nudge!

  53. Hi nice article!! Any suggestions for a low to no income soon to be a lower extremity amputated below knee will need prosthetic leg and needs resources for motor chair and cheaper way to change my car to where ill be able to drive… also mental support im trying so hard to keep a positive attitude but not going to lie im so scared and im very angry… please help

    1. Sharon Mitzi says:

      Try contacting Amputee Coalition if you are in the USA. They have a lot of resources for amputees. My husband had to have his leg amputated last August and they gave great resources like how to get a ramp installed. Take care

  54. Lorna Monkley says:

    This is wonderful, but unfortunately it only applies to people in the USA, Other countries do not have access to most of these benefits. Consider yourselves lucky.

  55. Great article you shared, Thanks for sharing such type of precious article.

  56. Mona Corvin says:

    REALLY??? All the Helpful things she has put out here for us “Adults” with disabilities and that’s what you have to say. If you read the whole thing, you would know, she started out about kids, so Automatically you would know why she put “Adults” in quotations. Thank you so much Meriah

  57. Mona Corvin says:

    Meriah, I have a few things that I will put on here, that could hopefully help some. I just wanted to thank you so much for all the helpful things you have put on here. May God Richly Bless You & Yours there is free laundry detergent for low-income families, Free Laptops or iPad & there is a way that some low-income, disabled, etc can get Free Vehicle or Help with repairs if their car is broke down

  58. Lynn Ball says:

    Hey I am Lynn. I receive SSI for multiple disabilities. I am always looking for benefits. Do y’all know of any more at age 62?

  59. Lynn Ball says:

    Hey! Do u know a site that has emotional support k9s?


  60. Does anyone know of free furniture for disabled adults?

  61. Hello Meriah,
    Wow, thanks for all the links and the great information! Will spend more time clicking the links you posted.
    This is such a blessing to me and so many people. I have done search from time to time and see how I can stretch my money, and your post is the best I have ever found. Really looking forward to learning about saving money while on vacation.
    I just had a thought someone that has really blessed me is Dave Ramsey with his free info about budgeting and getting out of debt, and on his page. He has a free app called EveryDollar and his YouTube videos that can be encouraging to spend less money than we make. Here is a link to his website:

    God Bless you!

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