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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Workers with Disabilities in Pennsylvania.

Click on a resource category listed below to see information related to that category.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (February 2019)

Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

Online Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Application for cash assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance Benefits

You can apply for cash assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance benefits online with Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Paper forms can also be printed from the website.

Benefits For People With Disabilities

Information from the Social Security Administration about programs available to people with disabilities. Information includes how to apply, on-line forms, and a link to the benefit eligibility screening tool.

Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (B.E.S.T.)

The Social Security Adminisitration's Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) is an online tool that you can use to find out if you could be eligible for benefits from any of the programs Social Security administers. This tool will give you eligibility information based on answers you give on the online form.

Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government whose mission is to increase citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government. It is a free, online confidential tool that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

Online Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Application for cash assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance Benefits

You can apply for cash assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance benefits online with Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Paper forms can also be printed from the website.

Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (B.E.S.T.)

The Social Security Adminisitration's Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) is an online tool that you can use to find out if you could be eligible for benefits from any of the programs Social Security administers. This tool will give you eligibility information based on answers you give on the online form.

Benefits.gov

Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government whose mission is to increase citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government. It is a free, online confidential tool that helps you find government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (February 2019)

Workers' Compensation

Information on Workers' Compensation benefits from the Erie County Bar Association. (February 2019)

Workers' Compensation

Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] (November 2012)

Apply Online For Social Security Disability Benefits

Online Application for Social Security Disability Benefits

Medical Assistance Benefits for Workers with Disabilities

Information on Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs.

Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

Link to the website of the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). The OVR provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors.

Continuation of Health Coverage - COBRA

Information from the United States Department of Labor about the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), a federal program that provides the right to continued health care coverage for people who lose their benefits under certain circumstances.

A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Find answers to questions about employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act in this A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment from the U.S. Department of Justice. Webpage and PDF Version. (October 2000)

The ADA: Your Employment Rights as an Individual With a Disability

Information from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act which make it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.

Benefits For People With Disabilities

Information from the Social Security Administration about programs available to people with disabilities. Information includes how to apply, on-line forms, and a link to the benefit eligibility screening tool.

Disability.gov

Comprehensive online federal government resource specifically designed to provide people with disabilities information from across the government.

Employment Support For People with Disabilities

Social Security Administration web site designed to support the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities through the Ticket to Work program.

Working While Disabled - How We Can Help

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides information for people who are receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, but still want to work. It provides an overview of the various work incentive rules and answers many related questions. [PDF] (January 2022)

Your Ticket To Work

Information from the Social Security Administration regarding the Ticket To Work Program and how more Americans with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in the workforce and lessen their dependence on public benefits. Some of the work incentives allow you to keep some Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits, and your Medicaid or Medicare, while you transition to the workplace. (July 2020) [PDF]

Benefit Publications from the Social Security Administration

Large collection of publications providing information on the various programs such as: disability benefits, appeal process, benefits for people with HIV, how workmans' compensation can affect your disability benefits, children with disabilities, info on receiving your payments, benefits for those who are blind or have low vision, details on ticket to work incentives, info on working while disabled, retirement benefits, government pension offset, medicare, windfall provision, survivors benefits, SSI, SSI for non-citizens, food stamps and other nutrition progams, protecting your on social security numbers, and more. Many publications available in Spanish.

Disability Benefits

This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides an overview of the various kinds of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. This booklet will tell you who may get benefits, how to apply and what you need to know once benefits start. [PDF]

Employment Laws: Disability & Discrimination

Information from the U.S. Department of Labor about the five important federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in employment and the job application process.

How Worker's Compensation And Other Disability Payments May Affect Your Benefits

Information from the Social Security Administration regarding how workers’ compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security Disability Benefits. [PDF] (December 2021)

Worker's Compensation FAQs

Frequently asked question regarding worker's compensation from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Combating Employment Discrimination Through the Americans with Disabilities Act (PDF)

Information from Disability Rights Pennsylvania on the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding employment discrimination. [PDF] (February 2018)

Reasonable Accommodations in Employment (PDF)

The Fact Sheet from Disability Rights Pennsylvania addresses the duty of employers to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. [PDF] (February 2018)

Assistive Technology for Persons with Brain Injury

Information from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania on the use of assistive technology for persons with brain injury. [PDF] (January 2018)

Assistive Technology: How to Pay for the Device or Service That You Need

Information from Disability Rights Pennsylvania on resources available to pay for assistive technology. [PDF]

Assistive Technology Publications from Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Listing of Assistive Technology Publications available from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Disability Rights Pennsylvania Resource Publications

Publications from Disability Rights Pennsylvania on a variety of disability-related issues.

Employment Publications from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Publications about disability and employment from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Family Medical Leave Act

Information about the Family Medical Leave Act from Disability Rights Pennsylvania. [PDF]

How to Appeal a Medical Assistance Denial of Assistive Technology

This manual from Disability Rights Pennsylvania will explain your rights when Medical Assistance, including your Medical Assistance managed health care plan, denies prior authorization or denies a program exception. This includes an approval of something less or different than what your doctor prescribed. [PDF] (January 2018)

Private Disability Insurance

This fact sheet from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania contains general information about private disability insurance. [PDF] (February 2018)

How to Report Your Income When You Are Working

Did you know that as an employed recipient of Social Security you are responsible for reporting your earnings? If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you or your representative must promptly report any changes in your work activity. Information on your responsibilities and how to report from Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Ticket to Work Program: A Beneficiary's Guide

The Ticket to Work Program of the Social Security Administration was designed by Congress to allow you to test your ability to work while continuing to receive cash and health care benefits and gradually become self-supporting. This provides information on who is eligible for the program and how it can help you obtain self-suffficiency.

Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

List of Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The Bazelon Center produces reports, issue papers, and manuals that analyze major federal laws, policies, and regulations that affect access to services and the rights of people with mental disabilities.

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