This article is all about freebies, discounts, money-saving tips and ideas for adults with disabilities.
Did you know that individuals with disabilities are entitled to a free lifetime pass to our National Park system?
Access Pass: A free, lifetime pass is available to U.S. citizens who have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that limits one or major life activities.
The free pass provides admittance to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.
Provides entrance or access to pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at Federal operated recreation sites across the country.
The cost of obtaining an Access Passs through the USGS is ten dollars ($10). The pass itself is free, and there is a ten dollar fee for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation proof of residency and documentation of permanent disability. If you cannot order an Access pass online, you can submit a paper application by mail to the USGS using the paper application and enclosing the same documents and $10 fee.
Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service
DAS card is valid for up to 14 days depending on a guest’s ticket entitlement.
Disney Parks offer a variety of services to guests with disabilities, such as Disney’s Handheld Device that offers assistive listening, captioning and audio description. Additionally, Disney Parks has developed a “Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities.” This serves as a tool on how best to experience its theme parks.
The United States Department of Energy has a Home Weatherization program for low income citizens. Priority is given to homes that have a resident receiving SSI.
The weatherization program provides government grants for free replacement of broken furnaces, as well as replacement of energy in-efficient refrigerators and deep freezers in your home.
This program can also provide roof repairs, window replacements, and other HVAC fixes, with the goal of making low-income Americans’ homes truly energy-efficient.
Lifeline Assistance (aka Obama Phone) : Life Wireless provides free government phones and cellular service for eligible customers through the Federal LifeLine assistance program.
ABLE Accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Individuals can save a substantial amount in an ABLE plan without hurting eligibility (Medicaid and Social Security Income (SSI)) for government assistance.
A disability is an impairment that may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or some combination of these. It substantially affects a person’s life activities and may be present from birth or occur during a person’s lifetime.
Know your rights under federal law. Read about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects people’s rights regarding employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, and more.