Whether or not you have a disability, work is important for most people. It provides purpose and a way to participate within a larger community. Meaningful work benefits people both mentally and physically. It provides a means of sustenance, self esteem, and self sufficiency.
Work is important. It is important to those with disabilities, as well as to older adults with chronic conditions if they want to work. Everyone has certain strengths and interests. Sometimes jobs need to be individually tailored, and training and support provided. But almost everyone can work.
Americans with Disabilities Act
A government program under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks to enable those with disabilities to live in the community and work. The Americans with Disabilities Act allows opportunities to seek and fulfill the employment potential of the disabled and help them to contribute to our nation’s economy.
Additionally, CMS fosters optional Medicaid eligibility groups, like the Medicaid Buy-In, to allow disabled workers with higher incomes to maintain Medicaid coverage. Medicaid Infrastructure Grants and Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment grant program can help states enable workers with disabilities.
Support services through Medicaid to enable employment include programs and benefits such as Supported Employment, Personal Assistance Services, and Peer Support Services.
The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) program allows waivers to provide long-term care for individuals who might otherwise be institutionalized. HCBS services can specifically support employment opportunities through habilitation services. These services teach self-help, socialization and help to adapt skills to allow recipients to live at home or in the community.
Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC in Vermont helps families with medicaid planning.