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Disability, Accessibility and Family Caregiving Resources

"Disability is part of the human condition. Almost every one of us will be permanently or temporarily disabled at some point in life.”
Margaret Chan, MD, Director-General of the World Health Organization 

We encounter individuals living with a disability every day. The person may be a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker or it could be that you are the person with a disability. In 2009, 12% of adults who were living in a community (non-institutionalized) reported having a disability. (Disability Statistics from the 2008 American Community Survey [ACS], Cornell University,  

Additionally there are parents and families caring for a child living with a disability. Nearly 22% of US households have one or more children ages 0-17 with special health care needs. (US Dept of Health and Human Services, 2008

As currently defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. We may know of someone who is living with a disability, and there may be others whom we are not aware of because their disability is not apparent. Types of disabilities include sensory, developmental, mobility, learning, speech, psychiatric, medical, brain injury and others. 

Accessibility and accommodations are important to every one of us and, in particular, to those living with a disability. Accessibility eliminates the barriers to physical space, education, health care, housing and employment that prevent someone with a disability from fully participating in activities at home, at work or in his or her community. 

The following resources represent a wide range of supports for individuals and families to help maintain independence and wellness.  Partners EAP offers support to those employees who are living with a disability, or are caring for a household member with a disability, by finding an internal specialist  or appropriate community resources.

College Students with Disabilities
Disability and Accessibility Programs and Services
Resources for Family Caregivers
Resource Locators by Type of Disability

Social Security Disability Benefits

For more information or to discuss disability concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.



This content was last modified on: 08/11/2017

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