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Independent Living

AbleData (Web Site)
AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment.  There are almost 40,000 product listings in 20 categories.

Government Benefits (Web site)
The government now has available a Web site to help people find government benefits they may be eligible to receive. Its screening instrument is free and confidential.

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
NCIL is the national membership association of local nonprofit corporations known as Centers for Independent Living (CIL). Visit the address below to find your nearby SIL or the Statewide Independent Living Council for your state.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
1.800. 346.2742
NARIC serves as an online gateway to an abundance of disability- and rehabilitation-oriented information organized in a variety of formats designed to make it easy for users to find and use. This includes resources for employment, advocacy, benefits and financial assistance, education, technology, and more.

Research and Training Center on Independent Living
The Center’s goal is to develop and disseminate practical techniques that enable people with disabilities to live more independently. Check out RTCIL’s products page, at:

Social Security Administration (SSA)
(800) 772-1213 (Voice) | (800) 325-0778 (TTY)

The Social Security Administration provides cash benefits (SSI and/or SSDI) to persons with a physical or mental disability that prevents them from working and which is expected to last at least a year or be terminal. Eligibility for SSI or SSDI may mean eligibility for other services, such as Medicaid, food stamps, or other social services. The amount of money and services received varies in each state. The program also includes work incentives that make it possible for individuals to work without an immediate loss of benefits. Read about SSA’s benefits at the link above.  To identify your local SSA office, use SSA’s the Social Security Online Office Locator at:

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