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These resources may be of additional assistance. These resources are not the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, but are related resources that are available to Vermonters.


 

Americans with Disabilities Act

US Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act website

 

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Emergency Readiness Planning

    This booklet offers practical tips and guidance on how to stay safe during an emergency. It is written especially for people with special needs, and will help you to:
      ~ think about what you will need during an emergency.
      ~ identify a support team and put together an emergency contact list.
      ~ prepare to be safe in your home, if it’s not possible to get out for a few days.
      ~ be ready to leave your home (evacuate)if you need to.

 

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Help for Vermonters

The Agency of Human Services (AHS) website page Help for Vermonters contains the following helpful resources:

    • AHS Contacts - Includes listings for Central Office and Departments.
    • Screen Door - The Screen Door is a web-based tool to help Vermonters find out more about the AHS services that might be available to meet their specific needs.
    • Vermont 211 - For community, regional, state, and faith based human services information, including AHS services, contact Vermont 2-1-1 by dialing 211 from anywhere in Vermont, or visit their website.
    • District Offices - Provides contact information for the 12 AHS District Offices, which can help connect you with human services in your community.
    • Emergency Programs - Alphabetical listing of Emergency AHS-related programs, services and supports available to Vermonters.
    • Field Services - Created through the 2004 reorganization of the Agency of Human Services, the Field Services Division maximizes the effectiveness of human services in each region of the state. The Division’s scope covers the entire Agency of Human Services, including services provided through state-operated entities as well as those operated by private “designated” agencies.
    • Programs & Services - Alphabetical listing of AHS-related programs, services and supports available to Vermonters.

 

Information, Referral and Assistance (IR&A) Providers
There are several IR&A resources for Vermonters who are older or have disabilities. IR&As help people with disabilities, older adults, family members, personal assistants, and caregivers find the right service, educate themselves about important issues, and understand various eligibility requirements. In many cases, contacting an IR&A provider is the first step for individuals who need assistance and wish to maintain and/or increase their independence.

    • Brain Injury Association of Vermont 1.877.856.1772 (TOLL FREE)
      The Brain Injury Association's toll free line provides information, referrals and assistance regarding brain injury and the Brain Injury Association.
    • I-Line 1.800.639.1522 (V/TTY) (TOLL FREE)
      I-Line is a toll-free information number for Vermonters with disabilities. A service of the Vermont Center for Independent Living, I-Line is an important resource for people with disabilities who need information or referrals regarding housing, employment, transportation, healthcare, advocacy, and more.
    • Senior HelpLine 1.800.642.5119 (V/TTY) (TOLL FREE)
      The Senior HelpLine is a toll-free information and assistance resource for people age 60 and older. Staffed by knowledgeable professionals at Vermont's Area Agencies on Aging, the Senior HelpLine can answer questions and help identify resources to assist people to age successfully.
    • SHIP 1.800.642.5119 (V/TTY) (TOLL FREE)
      The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides information and assistance about health insurance programs for Medicare beneficiaries concerning Medicare and other health insurance related issues.
  • Vermont Relay Service
    The Vermont Telecommunications Relay Service is a free service for all Vermonters, connecting deaf, hard-of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled individuals with users of regular telephones. Whether calling on a standard telephone or a text telephone (TTY, a special phone with a typewriter-style keyboard), relay makes communication simple, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Vermont Interpreter Referral Services
    The Vermont Interpreter Referral Service (VIRS) provides statewide interpreter and CART referral services for American Sign Language (ASL)/spoken English/oral interpreting assignments in settings such as medical, legal, mental health, employment, educational, civil and recreational situations.
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    This page gives a listing of a number of volunteer opportunities for Seniors and Retired Professionals.

 

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Medicare Issues

  • Medicare
    The Official US Government Site for People with Medicare
  • My.Medicare.gov
    Medicare's Free, secure online service for accessing your Medicare information
  • Medicare Help VT
    State Health Insurance Assistance Program. This program is designed to provide help with questions or concerns about Medicare related issues to those 65 and over or with disabilities. Trained counselors and volunteers are located in the Area Agencies on Aging. They will help you with any questions or problems you have with Medicare or other health insurance, including the Vermont State Programs.
  • Federal Agencies - US Department of Health and Human Services - Report Medicare Fraud
    • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - How to Report Medicare Fraud
    • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the agency with in the US Department of Health and Human Services that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid Programs. For more information about CMS, please click on the following link: http://www.cms.hhs.gov
    • The Office of Inspector General for the US Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the investigation of healthcare fraud, particularly Medicare and Medicaid fraud. For more information about the Office of Inspector General, please click on the following link: http://oig.hhs.gov

 

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Aging Resources

Also see the Division of Disability and Aging Services website for additional Aging Resources

  • Go4Life (From the National Institute on Aging at NIH)
    The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) recently released a new website: Go4Life. This site is aimed at promoting safe and effective exercise and physical activity for older adults and people with chronic conditions. Go4Life seeks to motivate older adults “to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines.” The site includes free motivational tips, exercises, and resources. The basis of Go4Life is evidence-based practices that have proven to be useful to older adults and younger people with chronic conditions. Guides are available in English and Spanish. This site will serve as a useful resource for anyone seeking motivation, suggestions, or answers to questions.
    The White House Conference on Aging represents an important step in working to ensure that Americans throughout the lifespan have the opportunity to learn and develop skills, engage in productive work, make choices about their daily lives, and participate fully in community life.  In addition, the Conference is designed to assist the public and private sectors to be responsive to the needs of a diverse aging population and to promote the dignity and independence of and expand opportunities for current and future generations of older persons and their families.  This website provides updates on recent events and opportunities for you to get involved and to find information on key issues that will be explored in the White House Conference on Aging.  Sign up for weekly updates about the Conference and participate in listening sessions and webinars that will be held in Washington, DC, and around the country in the lead-up to the conference.
    The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is pleased to provide news and information related to aging issues and services for people with disabilities.

 

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Educational Resources

      Quitting smoking can help to protect your brain's health
      Simple everyday activities can help manage chronic conditions and protect brain health. This includes regular physical and mental exercise, good nutrition and engaging with others socially.

 

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Other State Links

  • Attorney General
    The Attorney General's website provides helpful information for: identity theft, laws and regulations, prescription drugs, senior citizens, telemarketing fraud, Medicaid fraud, victim services and more.