Resources

These resources – newsletters, videos, and documents – will support you in your disability journey.

Top News Resources

The most current and relevant news for our clients and supporters.

Newsletter Resources

One of our resources is a weekly newsletter capturing the most relevant and current news stories for our clients and supporters.  Look at our top issues and subscribe here.

Video Resources

VIDEO: SSDI AND DISABLED ADULT CHILDREN


VIDEO: YOUR RIGHT TO A CIVIL ACTION IN FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT


VIDEO: HOW SPECTOR & LENZ ATTORNEYS CAN HELP YOU


VIDEO: SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR CHILDREN


Document Resources

SENIOR RESOURCE GUIDE

The Senior Citizen Resource Guide lists Cook County services available to seniors. You can find sources for legal assistance, as well as support for self-representation.  Additionally, the page provides web links to other government entities that provide important services for seniors.

Open the Senior Resource Guide.


FAQs – WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN APPLY FOR DISABILITY? FAQ, questions, puzzle pieces in a silhouette of a head

“How long will it take to apply for disability?”

“Should I give up after being denied?”

Get the answers to these questions and more with this helpful “FAQ” fact sheet.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU GET SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)

This booklet explains Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Being awarded SSI benefits confers both rights and responsibilities.  Recipients should be familiar with both.

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NATIONAL CENTER ON DISABILITY AND JOURNALISM: DISABILITY STYLE GUIDE

“What is the proper way to write or speak about a person with a disability?”

“What does ‘people first’ language mean?”

This important publication by NCDJ.ORG provides authoritative answers to these questions.  Proper language etiquette lends credibility and authority to writing on disabilities.

Disability Journalism Style Guide


NCDJ.ORG PREFERRED LANGUAGE GUIDE FOR DOWN SYNDROME

The word “retarded” is now considered highly disrespectful.  It should not be used.  This word was once common to describe persons with intellectual or cognitive disabilities. This useful guide lists preferred language for referring to those having Down Syndrome.  Writers, speakers and other professionals will find this a definitive reference.

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