Benefits and Work Incentives Counseling

Find answers to the most common questions about employment benefits and work incentives counseling.

Disability Support Services

As a result of civil rights legislation, Disability Support Services (DSS) were established to provide equal access to college for individuals with disabilities. Learn about it in this section.

Requesting and Using Accommodations

Learn more about requesting and using accommodations in college.

Financial Aid

First of all, like any one else who is thinking about going to college, paying for tuition, books, and residential living need to be considered. These costs add up and over time, they can really impact the family’s resources. Find out more about paying for college in this section.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal legislation that entitles children with disabilities to a free public education. The law has been amended three times since 1975, when it was first enacted as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act.

Social Security Benefits

There are two main programs of social security benefits for children and adults who have disabilities. They are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Retirement, Survivor’s, and Disability Insurance (RSDI).

Funding and Public Policy Intro

In general, people who have autism or other developmental disabilities tend to have additional needs for financial resources or opportunities as a result of additional costs (i.e. for health care services) that they may have over their lifetime.

Family Support Grants and Cash Subsidies

Browse a list of states that provide a family support grant or cash subsidy to families who have children with developmental disabilities. Each state has different eligibility criteria based on level of disability, family income, age of child, current services being received, and amount of state funds available.

Individual Development Accounts

Get information on Individual Development Accounts and how to locate programs.

State Assistance Programs for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients

Find information on State Assistance Programs for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients.