Learn More About Higher Education

  • Going to College focuses on ways to think about what you want to do, what college life is like, and how you can plan for college.
  • Think College has important information for students, families, and professionals about how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can succeed in higher education.

Learn More About Your Rights

Apply for Financial Aid

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main form you need to complete in order to get financial aid for post-secondary education.
  • College.gov talks about why you should consider college and how you can make going to college a reality.
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Financial Aid Resource Publications are manuals in English and Spanish that explain precisely how to apply for financial aid and what different types of financial aid you can get.

Getting Help with your Benefits

To find an expert who can provide help with your benefits, visit the DB101 Find an Expert page. For questions about work and your Social Security benefits, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

Community Based Organizations

Various community-based organizations provide staff to work with people concerning a range of options on state, federal, public, and private health and income programs. Counseling about benefits, as a community service, is an emerging field of expertise with different levels of services available. Some organizations may work with specific populations while others work with individuals with any type of disability.

Goodwill Industries services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare, and transportation. Some of these centers conduct Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach for Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries related to work activity.

Goodwill IndustriesFind locations at www.Goodwill.org, or by calling (voice) 1-800-664-6577.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers logoThe California Foundation for Independent Living Centers lists centers serving individuals with all disabilities. Many of these centers conduct Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach for Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries related to work activity. Most independent living centers can refer callers to local benefit program information if they do not have these services.

Find the list of independent living centers at www.CFILC.org, or by calling (voice) 1-916-325-1690 or (TTY) 1-916-325-1695.

The California Department of Public Health's Office of AIDS lists 1,300 organizations providing HIV/AIDS services throughout California. Some of these organizations offer case management, benefits planning, and benefits counseling services that can include assistance with public and private benefits programs. You can search the list online, or call (voice) 1-800-367-AIDS (2437) or (TTY) 1-888-225-AIDS (2437).

Disability Rights California provides representation for consumers of public programs who are disabled. Website publications include topics on health care, benefit programs, and In-Home Supportive Services.