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Medical Equipment Resources for People in Michigan

www.loanclosets.org is a directory of loan closets, operated by Great Lakes Loan Closets. Great Lakes Loan Closets is designed to help residents of Michigan, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana find free or low-cost home medical equipment in their communities.

AT Xchange (AT) If you have a used assistive technology item in storage that could help someone with a disability, post a classified ad at ATXchange.org. Items such as wheel chairs, stair lifts, Braille readers or reachers are possibilities. Include a digital photo. ATxchange is also open to vendors who have used equipment for sale. ATxchange is a free service. If you can't find what you are looking for, you can post it as an item wanted and receive an e-mail message telling you if and when someone posts such an item. You may find the AT you are seeking for a bargain price, possibly even free! Visit http://www.atxchange.org

Assistive Technology of Michigan (ATM) - ATM is dedicated to providing services to persons with physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or learning disabilities who can benefit from technology to help increase their independence and safety at home, work, or school. Additional information can be attained from their website www.atofmich.com or by calling 248-348-7161.

Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund (MATLF) - This program allows people with disabilities, seniors, and their family members to obtain low-interest loans to purchase assistive technology (AT). AT is any item or piece of equipment that lets a person with a disability have more independence and improve or maintain their quality of life. Individuals and family members of people with disabilities can borrow up to $30,000 to purchase a wide range of disability helps. To find out more about the program, visit www.michiganloanfunds.org.

Mobility Monthly - Mobility Monthly is a statewide magazine for people with disabilities in Michigan. Their intent is to educate, inform, and provide resources for people with disabilities. They run articles about various activities, companies, and organizations that make people's lives easier, more interesting, and more independent. The websites listed are very helpful, as are the resources. Mobility Monthly's website is http://www.mobilitymonthly.org/index.htm.

Michigan Telework Loan Fund (MATLF) - This program allows people with disabilities to obtain low-interest loans to purchase equipment to use to work from home either for an employer or to start a home-based business. Individuals can borrow up to $20,000 to purchase a wide range of work-related items. To learn more, visit the website www.michiganloanfunds.org.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) - MRS is a statewide agency with branches in over 50 Michigan communities. They work with people with a wide range of disabilities, helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. MRS's web site is www.michigan.gov/mdcd Simply click on a lower left panel indicating Rehabilitation (MRS) for a list of the various communities served. The toll-free number for MRS is 800-605-6722 with TTY888-605-6722.

Centers for Independent Living (CIL) - Independent living is the right of all people to make informed choices, to have personal control over their own lives, and to participate to the fullest extent possible in the everyday activities of work, school, home, family and community. There are 15 CIL's throughout Michigan embodying these beliefs, 5 of which are located in the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. These are the Blue Water/Wayne County CIL (313-923-1655-voice); the Oakland & Macomb CIL (586-268-4160-voice, 800-649-377-TTY, www.omcil.org; the Ann Arbor CIL (734-971-0277-voice, 734-971-0310-TDD, www.aacil.org; the Capital Area CIL (517-241-0393-voice, www.cacil.org; and the Jackson CIL (517-784-1723-voice). Also helpful are the Michigan Association of CILS (517-339-0539-voice/TTY, www.macil.net) and the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (517-371-4872-voice), www.misilc.org). Check their web sites for information about how they serve you and their specific programs.

The Complete Directory for People with Disabilities - This comprehensive, one-stop resource by Grey House Publishing is for individuals, professionals and organizations, providing immediate access to the latest products and services for people with disabilities. Among the resources included are associations & support groups, state & federal agencies, camps & travel groups, assistive devices, independent living centers, employment & education programs, rehabilitation facilities, periodicals & books, clothing, conferences & shows, legal information sources & referral agencies. For additional information, consult their web site which can be accessed by clicking http://www.greyhouse.com/disabilities.htm.



Starting in 2015 we began listing important, helpful links that various consumers sent us.  Many of the sites  were submitted by Public Health Corps (https://publichealthcorps.org).  PublicHealthCorps.org is comprised of volunteers driven to educate and empower others to action, as well as paid experts working to incorporate market research with public health to identify and promote quality content.

Some are produced by Educator Labs and other entities. Educator Labs--http://educatorlabs.org/--seeks the best informational resources, assembles guides on critical topics and shares them with the public. There are general links, some dealing with the financial sector, others dealing with natural disasters and flooding protection. Other entities may include businesses, but they all focus on helping people with disabilities. Disability Awareness never has and never will endorse any particular product or service provider.

State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Rights for Those with Hearing Loss (by state) http://www.ovationhearing.com/resources/rights-for-those-with-hearing-loss 

Guide to Buying Hearing Aids


Traveling with Disabilities

http://www.cheapoair.com/guides/travel-resources-disabled-handicapped This resource about travel accessibility was located by Lindsay Loomis, who volunteers with a youth group. For additional information, her mother can be reached at jloomis@afterschoolcareprograms.com.

Airlines' Disability Accommodations Guide

Benefits for People with Disabilities


Medicare & Social Security: Benefits for Disabled Individuals

Guide to Housing | Disability.gov

Healthypeople.gov | Disability and Health

A Safety Guide for Disabled Pedestrians

Home Safety for People with Disabilities http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities  

Home Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

? Home Fire Safety Guides and Educational Resources | US Insurance Agents

Kitchen Safety for Children with Disabilities http://www.homeadviceguide.com/kitchen-safety-disabled-children/

Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities: What You Need to Know http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs

Home Remodeling Financial Decisions -- Living with a disability can alter a person's lifestyle. Often, modifications to one's home are necessary in order to maintain independence. MoneyGeek.com created a guide to help people make smarter financial decisions when it comes to home modifications. MoneyGeek.com combines decades of experience in financial literacy and data to provide comprehensive, easy-to-use tools to help users make smarter financial decisions. This message is intended for U.S. audiences only. https://www.moneygeek.com/mortgage/resources/home-modification-for-disability/

A Guide to Keeping Your Home for the Newly Disabled

Disability and Obesity

Physical Activity for People with Disabilities

Disability.gov’s Guide to Health Information and Resources

Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities

Employment Resources: The National Organization on Disability

Disability Accommodation Cost Guide

Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation

The Ultimate Guide to Driving with Disabilities

Home Safety for People with Disabilities

Brain Trauma and Equal Opportunity: What You Need to Know

Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide

Disability Home Accommodation Cost Guide

Chronic Pain Relief with Swimming Exercises

Guide for Disabled Homebuyers https://www.redfin.com/blog/guide-for-disabled-home-buyers

Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients https://www.rover.com/canine-caregivers-dementia-alzheimers/

Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities http://www.calculators.org/savings/people-with-disabilities.php

Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/pa.html

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/obesity/stay-active-with-a-disability-quick-tips

Depression and Disability http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/uploads/media_items/depression-and-disability.original.pdf

Helping Alzheimer’s Sufferers Cope with the Loss of a Loved One http://www.neptunesociety.com/resources/helping-alzheimers-sufferers-cope-with-the-loss-of-a-loved-one-a-guide-for-caregivers

The Guide to Keeping Your Home Through Debilitating Disease http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/keeping-your-home.php

Wheelchair-Accessible Home Tips https://www.southbayresidential.com/wheelchair-accessible-home-modifications.php   This is a comprehensive guide that addresses every part of the house, inside and out, to show people that wheelchair accessibility is an achievable goal when approached systematically.  

Renters Rights and Housing Assistance for People with Disabilities https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/renters-rights-and-housing-assistance-for-people-with-disabilities

Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities https://www.couponchief.com/guides/savings_guide_for_those_with_disabilityThis site provides a detailed look at ways people can stretch their dollars. Discounts, services, and special offers are widely available, but too often businesses do not mention their willingness to help. This guide will help you save money, which is important in today's economy where living with a disability can prove difficult.

Estate & Gift Taxes http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Estate-and-Gift-Taxes

State Laws: Estate & Probate http://estate.findlaw.com/planning-an-estate/state-laws-estates-probate.html

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning http://www.alllaw.com/topics/wills_and_trusts

National Association of Estate Planners & Council http://www.naepc.org/

Society of Financial Service Professionals http://www.financialpro.org/

The Stress-Free Guide to Selling An Inherited Home https://www.redfin.com/blog/the-stress-free-guide-to-selling-an-inherited-home

FloodSmart Community Resources

Red Cross Disaster Safety Checklist

How to Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

Emergency Planning - Protect Your Pet

How to Avoid Flood Damaged Cars

STEM Challenge for Kids - Building Flood Resistant Homes

Getting Your Family Prepared for a Disaster It’s crucial for your entire household to know your family’s plan of action should you be caught in inclement weather, and this resource provides helpful information on how to involve and care for your children in this situation.

4 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe When Disaster StrikesOur animal companions are important family members, and special care should be taken to keep them safe in an emergency.

A Caregiver’s Natural Disaster Prep List Many of us are now caring for our senior relatives, whether they live nearby or share our homes. This article from AARP offers insight on how to help ensure their safety.

Homeowner’s Guide to Lightning Safety Lightning is a force of nature that’s always in season. This guide will educate you on how to protect your home and family members from the dangers of lightning.

Tornado Safety: How to Stay Safe During the Storm Tornadoes come without warning, so it’s critical to have a safety plan in place should you ever hear those dreaded warning alert sirens.

Hurricanes The strong winds and torrential rain that are characteristic of hurricanes can have major impact when they make landfall. This preparedness plan will help you feel ready before, during and after the storm.



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