|CHAPTER 4:||Financial Assistance Programs|
|Topic 17||Social Security/Equip for Equality|
Equip for Equality Program is a comprehensive advocacy organization for people with disabilities and their families. Equip for Equality is a private, not-for-profit organization. It is designated by the governor to operate the federally mandated protection and advocacy system to safeguard the rights of people with physical, mental and developmental disabilities.
All individuals with a disability (as defined by the American Disability Act) are eligible for services including; children, senior citizens and individuals in state-operated facilities, nursing homes and in the community.
Self-Advocacy Assistance offers free technical assistance to inform individuals about their rights, options, strategies and steps that they may take to advocate on their own behalf or on behalf of a family member.
Legal Services provides free legal advice and representation in administrative proceedings in federal and state court, also engages in systems and impact litigation.
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS). Assists individuals with disabilities who receive social security benefits by providing information and advice regarding vocational rehabilitation and employment services. Also provides advocacy or other services that people with disabilities may need to secure, regain or retain employment.
Training Institute on Disability Rights provides education through seminars. Seminar topics include rights and responsibilities, protection against employment discrimination, guardianship, special education rights and advance directives.
800-537-2632 | 800-610-2779 (TTY) | www.equipforequality.org