State and Federal Programs for Disabilities

Helpful state and national resources for the community regarding disabilities.

Local resources for people with disabilities are available on the City's Help Resources website:

Disability Help
Listings of organizations that can help people with disabilities in the St. Louis area

Housing Help
Resources for people in St. Louis who need assistance with temporary or transitional housing, or who need financial help with housing or utility bills.

Mental Health Help
If you are in the City of St. Louis and struggling with a mental health issue, these resources can help.

City of St. Louis Services

Department of Personnel Administrative Regulation No. 103
This policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or marital status in connection with terms or conditions of employment covered by this administrative regulation.

City of Saint Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency
The mission of the Civil Rights Enforcement Agency is to monitor and investigate fair housing, equal employment and public accommodation complaints.

Statewide Services

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
The mission of the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) is to develop, recommend, and implement ways to prevent and eliminate discrimination and to provide fair and timely resolutions of discrimination claims through enforcement of the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations, and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss.

Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1-877-222-8963 (voice), (573) 751-1441 (fax), (573) 751-0881 (TDD)
Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (MDVR) operates under the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE).  The Division is made up of three core programs: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Disability Determination Services (DDS), and Independent Living (IL).

Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services
1-800-392-8667 (voice), 1-800-735-2966 (relay)
To protect the rights of individuals with disabilities by providing advocacy and legal services.

MO ABLE Accounts are made possible by the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act that allows individuals with disabilities the ability to save and invest up to $14,000 per year without losing federal government benefits such as Medicaid or SSI. 

People First of Missouri
(800) 558-6562 (voice)
People First of Missouri is the only self-advocacy, self-help organization that was formed by, is run by, and exists for people with developmental disabilities.

Relay Missouri is a service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled.

State of Missouri Disability Portal
This site contains a wealth of information and links to key agencies who can provide assistance and direction. Information on the Governor's Council can also be accessed from this website.

Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Wolfner Library is a free library service for Missourians who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Materials are mailed to and from library patrons at their homes, postage paid. There is no charge, whatsoever, to the patron. Currently, over 11,000 Missourians actively use Wolfner Library.

Nationwide Services

ADA Home Page
800-514-0301 (voice), 800-514-0383 (TTY)
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Administration for Community Living
(202) 401-4634
The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

The American Association of People with Disabilities
202-521-4316 or 1-800-840-8844
The American Association of People with Disabilities works to increase the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

Caregiver Action Network
(855) 227-3640
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or age.

Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the county affected by this disorder.

Consumer Affairs-Hearing Aid Guide
Over 36 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss, and hearing aids – small sound amplification devices worn inside or around a person’s ear – are one of the most common ways people manage it.

Epilepsy Foundation
For more than 50 years, the Epilepsy Foundation has shone a light on epilepsy by promoting awareness and understanding, advocating for laws that matter to people with epilepsy, and funding epilepsy research. 

Job Accommodation Network
Provides advice and ideas for making reasonable accommodations for employees or job applicants who are disabled.

Judevine Center for Autism
Judevine seeks to be the hallmark for quality treatment and training – the premier provider for autism spectrum disorder services for children and adults, and their families in our region, state, and beyond.

National Council on Independent Living
NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

United States Access Board
The federal agency responsible for researching and developing standards for accessible design.

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