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Job and financial assistance

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People with disabilities are eligible for a wide variety of assistance programs, such as:

  • Financial aid
  • Help paying medical bills
  • Job training and job referral services
  • Help starting a business

To find out about benefits that you might be able to receive, a good place to start is GovBenefits.gov. By filling out a short questionnaire, you can obtain the most accurate list of benefit programs for which you may be eligible.

To find out about programs to help you get a job or start your own business, a good place to start is the Employment section of Disability.gov. And be sure to check out the Ticket to Work Program. This program allows you to keep getting financial aid and help in paying medical bills as you learn new job skills and look for a job.

If you look for a job, you will also want to know about the questions that your potential employer can ask you during the job interview. In general, the interview should focus on your job skills and how well you will be able to perform the main tasks involved in the job. An interviewer is not allowed to ask you questions about your disability that are not relevant to your ability to do the job. But you should tell your potential employer about any reasonable accommodations that you may need to perform the job. These could include installing a ramp or modifying your workspace if you have a wheelchair. To learn more, see Your rights.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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