Helping Hand


Ability Tools
Services include:

Buy, Sell, Borrow & Free (AT Exchange), Reuse Programs, Repair Fund, Device Lending Libraries, Get Internet Access (DAP), Abilities tools Calendar, Training, Programs, Independent Living Centers (AT Advocates), Information & Advocacy, Services Directory, Services Map and more.

www.abilitytools.org./services/reuse-programs.php
The Special Life
"Disability discounts seems to be one of our society's best kept secrets. Yet there are companies offer discounts for a variety of things. If you have a family with disabilities , this can make a real difference!"
www.thespeciallife.com/disability-discounts.html#axzz3RxF0WXG9
California Alternate Rates for Energy
(Southern CA Gas Co.)

"The CARE program provides a 20% discount on the monthly gas bill for eligible households."  DISCOUNTED
www.socalgas.com/save-money-and-energy/assistance-programs/medical-baseline-allowance
Medical Baseline Allocation
(
Southern CA Edison-Riverside)
"The Medical Baseline Allocation program provides an additional amount of kWhs per day at the lowest baseline rate in effect to qualified customers."  DISCOUNTED
www.sce.com/residential/rates/medical-baseline-allocation.htm
Medical Baseline Allowance
(SDG&E-San Diego)
"You can save money on your SDG&E bill through the Medical Baseline program when you have certain medical conditions or equipment that impact your bill."  DISCOUNTED
www.sdge.com/assistance2/medbaseline/index.shtml




Variance Request for Residential Water Allocation 
This form is to request an allocation other than the standard amount uses for your type of home.

EMWD
www.emwd.org/home/showdocument?id=173

Equipment Distribution Program (MSAA)
"application for safety, mobility, & daily living products"

The program is based on financial need.  FREE
http://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/assistive-equipment/
MRI Institute Application (MSAA)
"receive a partial or fully covered Cranial MRI every 2 years"

The program is based on financial need.  FREE
http://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/mri/
Cooling Equipment Distribution  (MSAA)
"MSAA offers MSers who qualify a choice of 1)
a Cooling Kit which includes a vest worn under clothing with a variety of accessories for the neck, wrists and ankles; or 2) a Standard Coolig Vest which is worn over clothing."  FREE
The program is based on financial need.  
http://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling-products/

IRS: 7 Tax Benefits for Disabled Taxpayers (AARP)
"taxpayers with disabilities & parents of children with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits & benefits"
  FREE Benefit
www.aarp.org/money/taxes/info-02-2011/irs-tax-tips-for-disabled-taxpayers.html
National MS Society Financial Assistance
"Financial assistance to individuals with MS and their families to help access needed services that are not available using other resources." 
FREE
This program is based on financial need
www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/CAL/Services-and-Support/Financial-Assistance


NMSS
Transportation Vouchers, Shuttle Service, The MS Van (For CA residents only)

www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/CAS/Services-and-Support/Services/Transportation
First Hand Foundation  (for children)
"First Hand is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding for individual children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted"   
FREE
The program is based on financial need. 
www.firsthandfoundation.org/

www.firsthandfoundation.org/programs/case-grants/


Wheel to Walk Foundation  (for children)
"is a non-profit organization that helps children and young adults (21 years and younger) with disabilities obtain medical equipment or services that is not provided by their insurance companies”
    FREE
www.wheeltowalk.com/
Sight for Students
"Provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income, uninsured children."  FREE  
http://www.sightforstudents.org/html/help.html
California State Parks
"Passes, Discounts, and Coupons."  FREE/DISCOUNTED
www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/healthy-living/travel-and-recreation/accessible-nature-trails/index.aspx

Loma Linda University

"Free and Affordable Health Care Services in San Bernardino County."  FREE/DISCOUNTED

www.llu.edu/public-health/clinics/index.page

Needy Meds                                                           "Find coupons for your medicines. There may also be a patient assistance program for the drug so always check the brand and generic name lists."  FREE

www.needymeds.org/coupons.taf?_function=list&letter=A


MedicationCoupons.com
"take advantage of the FREE resources and information contained in Free Med Programs. Regardless of income, age, or health there are programs available to provide you"
FREE/DISCOUNTED
http://medicationcoupons.com/
Pre-Existing Condition Health Plan Enrollment Still Well Below Capacitydocs.google.com/document/pub?id=1duQvuZRPBGzqfvYyl11UEpc7tQK_ayfGvZQpdiB2bY0
Disabled Discounts
"It is a simple and convenient single source of information on discounts and services available to people living with disabilities." 
FREE/DISCOUNTED
**There is a $25 annual subscription fee**
https://disableddiscounts.com/index.asp
CA GOV Food Programs
"food banks, rescue programs, emergency food supplies, program for pregnant women, new mothers & young children, calfresh program"
  FREE
www.nutrition.gov/food-assistance-programs/food-distribution-programs


Modest Needs
"apply for a grant for your personal individual needs"
  FREE
www.modestneeds.org/index.asp
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
"enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient"
FREE
www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/wap.html

www.aarp.org/politics-society/environment/info-09-2009/go_green_at_home_with_uncle_sams_help.1.html

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
"is designed to answer frequently asked questions on the housing rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of housing providers and building and design professionals under federal law" 
FREE/DISCOUNTED
http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/information_for_disabled_persons

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts
Connect-to-Compete
"program is a cooperative effort between FCC and tech companies. Internet and Computers"
  DISCOUNTED
This program is based on financial need.   
www.cheapinternet.com/low-income-internet/connect-to-compete
Community Action Partnership pf Orange County (CAPOC)
"has mobilized & directed resources to programs that assist, educate & promate self-sufficience in Orange County"  FREE
This program is based on financial need.
www.capoc.org/services/index.html
ARC of San Diego
"the largest, most comprehensive provider of services to children & adults with disabilities in S.D. County"
  FREE
www.arc-sd.com/page.aspx?pid=329
Rebuilding Together
"is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs, modifications and improvements for America’s low-income homeowners" 
FREE
This program is based on financial need.
http://rebuildingtogether.org/

http://rebuildingtogether.org/affiliates/
Share Our Selves
"provides Social Services, Medical Clinic, Dental Clinic, Comprehensive CARE Center, SOS-El Sol Wellness Center"
  DISCOUNTED
This program is based on financial need
http://shareourselves.org/services/
National Eye Institute
"need of financial aid to assess or treat an eye problem, you might contact one or more of the following programs" *see website
    FREE 
https://nei.nih.gov/health/financialaid
DreaMS
The word "DREAMS" may end in MS, but MS didn't end my dreams.
Don't let it end yours.
My journey with Multiple Sclerosis, by Kristie Salerno Kent.
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