Making Community Living Work for You and Your Family – The realization that you or someone you love will need additional services or supports to stay in the community can feel overwhelming, especially after an unexpected event such as a fall or an accident. Many people do not know what services are available, to whom to turn for help, or where to start.

In many states, Aging and Disability Resource Centers can act as a gateway to a broad range of services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities.
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For people with disabilities of all ages, Centers for Independent Living are a great first stop. These community-based centers are run by and for people with disabilities and offer a broad range of services to empower and enable people to stay in the community.

People with disabilities of all ages may also benefit from assistive technology (AT) devices and services. AT includes everything from “low tech” helping tools like utensils with big handles to high tech solutions like talking computers. Every state and territory has an Assistive Technology Act program that can help people find, try, and obtain AT.

For older adults, ACL’s Eldercare Locator is a great place to start. Visit the website or call 800-677-1116 to be connected with your local Area Agency on Aging or Aging and Disability Resource Center. Those organizations can help you understand what services are available in your community and help you sign up.

A number of other resources are available to help you find and access services in your area. Our Find Help page can point you in the right direction.
Find Help Page – https://acl.gov/help

List of important ACL web pages mentioned in this article:

About Community Living – CLICK HERE

Assistive Technology – CLICK HERE

Centers for Independent Living – CLICK HERE

ACL’s Eldercare Locator – CLICK HERE

No Wrong Door System – CLICK HERE

Assistive Technology – CLICK HERE