Resource Information and Links
Great website to find a variety of resource information on a national and statewide level.
2-1-1 is a free and confidential way to find out about important health and human services programs in your community. Call 2-1-1 for information
about health care, help paying rent and utility bills, transportation services, job training, mental health counseling
and much more.
Information from the Iowa Department of Education on programs
and services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Information on the educational services the state of Iowa provides
to all children and youth, birth to 21 years of age, who are blind or visually impaired, including students with multiple
impairments or who are considered deafblind.
The Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet) provides
resources, information, inservice training, and technical assistance for postsecondary institutions to improve existing services
or to establish new services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Contact information and locations for applying for benefits
and entitlements for Regular Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, family members and retirees.
Helps families obtain appropriate education and services for
their children with disabilities by working to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals;
and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.
Organization dedicated to identifying causes and promoting prevention
of learning disabilities and to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families.
Also offers scholarships to help students with learning disabilities in pursuing a post-secondary education.
Transition is about finishing high school and starting your
adult life. Learn about and prepare for transition by exploring transition tools for planning your future; peer groups for
youth and family members; and success stories from youth and parents.
Information from the Iowa Department of Education on programs
and services to help students with disabilities transition from school to employment or post-secondary education.
Grants for Home Improvements
Disability- Government Grants for Home Improvements
Home improvement is a costly affair, not everyone can afford.
Although, most of us undertake home improvement projects for decorative purposes, there are some people who have no choice
but to make necessary repair work to their home, so as to make it worth living. Since, these are the people who often come
from the lower strata of society, they can rarely afford the cost of home improvement. Government grants
of several thousands are available for such people. Unfortunately, most of them are unaware of such programs. Thus,
if you happen to be one such individual or you know someone who might benefit from such program, then you should indeed read
Who is Eligible for Home Improvements Grants
As mentioned above, people belonging to low income groups are mainly eligible for home repair grants.
Though, the specific requirements for eligibility of the grant vary according to each state, it is unlikely that a decently
earning family may qualify for this program. Besides low income groups, other unprivileged sections of society also become
eligible for free government grants for home improvements. These sections include disabled as well as elderly people. People
belonging to specific ethnic group may also apply for such grants, if the state laws have such a provision. Besides, minority
and people residing in areas classified as 'rural' by federal or state government also benefit from this program. People staying
in certain disaster prone areas may also avail special benefits and grants from government. The home improvement projects
for these people include revamping of the house to meet standards of health and safety hazards or remodeling their house to
support their disability (e.g installing a wheelchair ramp in house).
Much is Available Through These Grants
The US Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) has various programs through which it imparts grants and financial aid to eligible families. Rehabilitation
and Repair Home Loan program is a program by HUD which has offered grants to thousands of people till date. The exact grant
amount depends upon several factors such as individual's income, state of residence, socio-economic condition, number of dependents,
etc. Some individuals may become eligible for full grant amount while others may draw only partial benefit. Government offers
grants as high as USD 15,000 or even more. Besides, financial assistance is also available in the form of low interest loans.
Thus, an individual may receive part of his benefit as a grant while the remainder as a home improvement loan.
How to Apply
Firstly, you can start searching
for various government grants
on the official website of the US government, Grants.gov. You can find a detailed listing of various grants offered
by the government through its programs. You can also search particularly for the home improvement grants in this listing.
You will be directed to the relevant pages where you can find all the required information regarding eligibility criteria,
how to apply, etc. Alternatively, you may contact your city, county or local community development office or the office of
rural development where you can get the required information. If you have trouble locating these offices, you may visit the
official website of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at nahro.com. One can also inquire at the
information center at the Office of Community Planning and Development (comcon.org). You will then be required to submit proofs
in support of your claim.
Once your application has been approved, you will receive
funds in course of time. Make sure to allocate these funds on the repair work very wisely.
Grants for Individuals
The following websites provide information on grants available for individuals in a variety
of areas from small business development to disaster assistance:
- GovLoans.gov: information on government loans available by type, including education, business and housing. Once visitors choose
a particular loan, they can learn about the application process, loan terms & program requirements.
- Benefits.gov: information on specific grants and benefits available in areas such as education, housing and childcare. Visitors
can view specific program details and check their eligibility.
- DisasterAssistance.gov: provides information about obtaining a government grant or financial assistance after a disaster or emergency situation.
Visitors can complete an online application.
U.S. Department of Education's Student Aid on the Web: provides information on post-secondary education preparation and funding. Visitors can access current student aid
publications, a college savings calculator and other financial aid tools, as well as information about the loan application
process and repayment.
Easter Seals Disability Resourcs
The Arc of East Central Iowa
ChildServe Community Options
3905 Dawes Drive
Ames, IA 50010
Web Site: http://www.childserve.org/
Provides and promotes comprehensive, family-centered services and supports that enable children with severe disabilities
and chronic health conditions to live at home with their families. Children age birth to 17 years with mental retardation,
developmental disabilities, and chronic health conditions are eligible to enroll. Requests for in-home respite are reviewed
on a case-by-case basis.
ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING SERVICES TO SPECIAL NEEDS
Offers a variety of services for Special Needs
Contact: (641) 494-1714
Mason City Recreation Department
Special Needs Summer Camp!
(six different sessions)
Offers individual respite and variety of other programs.
Contact: (641) 423-1060 or (641) 357-5277
Special Needs Resource Project
Information and Special Needs Resources for Parents of Children with
Special Needs or Disabilities
Special Needs Resource Project (SNRP) provides a basic guide for parents of children
with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs. This site is designed to help you get a jump-start in your search
for helpful information and resources. Every situation is unique. Our aim is to help you learn the basic skills you'll need
to obtain the specific resource information, equipment, and services your child and family needs. Though focused on children
ages 0-22, most of the information we offer is applicable to adults as well.
Using Resource Links
State Links: We have provided a set of basic web links for each state. Links included are essential starting points to assist you
in becoming more familiar with local resources and getting started with the services available within your state government
and some local private programs.
National Links: Federal programs, national disability organizations, national charity program headquarters and disability specific sites
are included here. Most National Links also have a state-by-state listing for local contacts. Can't find what you're looking
for in your State Links? Look here.
US Military Links: These links are specific to Military Service Members and their families. Listed by Branch of Service (BOS) these links
can help service members contact service specific programs. Military Members will also want to check state links for the state
in which they currently reside or any states being considered as a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) destination. Members
will also want to look for disability links listed in the National Links section.
Native American Links: Links in this section are meant to assist Native American families locate Tribal information. This is a basic list,
by no means complete, designed to assist families in getting started finding services in their area. Native American families
will also want to check for links in the state they reside and links on the National Links list.
MERCY REHABILITATION SERVICES
Offers a variety of services including Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, Physical Therapy,
and Pain Therapy.
Contact: (641) 422-7498
Prescription Assistance Programs
WELCOME TO THE PPA!
The Partnership for Prescription
Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that
is right for them – free of charge. Many patients will get their medications at no cost or at discounted prices.