Covid-19 has resulted in serious health implications for individuals across the globe. Those who suffer from disabling medical conditions face even greater challenges, as the virus could attack pre-existing conditions. Luckily for those already receiving SSDI benefits, payments shouldn’t see any interruptions. However if you’re looking to receive additional support, the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) provides a variety of services in areas like housing, transportation, and more.
Housing and Community Living Assistance.
If you’re in an urgent, stressful situation to find housing, the MDOD can provide services in housing assistance and homeless support. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for help with mortgage, rent, and utility bills. The MDOD can help you locate rental housing, provide assistance in homeownership counseling, energy and electric service assistance, and more. In addition to individual housing, they also provide services in community living. This includes community living programs, in-home services and support, and community living resources.
In addition to other federal, state and local agencies, the MDOD can help coordinate essential travels for those who are disabled. You can find a variety of services on their site including fixed route services like subways and trains, to taxi access, to vehicle modifications.
Employment is already limited to due Covid-19, and those with disabilities face even bigger limitations when finding work. With the MDOD, you can find services to assist you with resume and cover letter writing, and consulting services on how to nail the interview process.
Technology Loan Program.
The Assistive Technology Loan Program helps disabled Maryland residents and their families qualify for low-interest loans to buy equipment that will help them live, work, and learn more independently. Technology included in this program includes everything from home modifications, adapted vehicles, hearing and vision aids, and more.
In addition to the MDOD, there are a variety of other places to find helpful disability resources online during Covid-19.
American Association of Health & Disability
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
American Civil Liberties Union
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
In addition to the toll Covid-19 and pre-existing disabled conditions take on a person’s physical health, it can also take an emotional toll. Mental health resources are just as important as other financial, educational, and housing services. Here are a few additional resources if you’re seek help in the mental health department:
52 mental health resources for disabled people, POC, LGBTQ, and more.
Mental health wellness for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities
If you’re experiencing obstacles in the area of Social Security disability law, you should reach out to an experienced, knowledgeable Maryland Social Security disability lawyer. Our team at Disability Associates can assist in coordinating with various disability resources, so please contact our firm with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!