Financial assistance is essential for people with cerebral palsy and their families, as it is a lifelong condition that can be expensive to manage. The government offers many forms of help, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Additionally, there are programs at the federal, state, and local levels that provide assistance with housing, taxes, medical bills, service animals, and more. Furthermore, disability discrimination is prohibited by various laws.
It is important to understand the eligibility requirements and the amount of assistance available in order to make the most of these programs. SSI is a form of financial assistance funded by the United States Treasury. It does not require work credits, which makes it different from other types of government aid. SSDI consists of disability payments for people who cannot work due to physical or mental limitations. It is funded by payroll taxes. Families affected by cerebral palsy may be eligible for special education services even if their child does not have an official diagnosis.
The Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal, state, and local laws protect people from disability discrimination. The amount of assistance available and for how long will vary from state to state. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a grant program that provides temporary compensation to families in need. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states that no qualified person with disabilities should be excluded from participation or denied benefits under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. The CHASA community provides support to people around the world affected by cerebral palsy through family retreats and support groups on social media. The foundation is financially responsible for all services that are not covered by the family's current insurance plan.
Many families use Medicaid to help pay for medical expenses, housing, and assistive devices.