When it comes to qualifying for help from any government agency, it is often a precarious road. Many who are actually qualified to get help are denied. It is not a conspiracy, but a matter of the recipient being able to correctly demonstrate their need and qualifications. Here we will discuss how to qualify for ADA help.
Why Don’t I Qualify?
This is a question that many who clearly should qualify are left asking themselves after being denied for services applied for. It is reasonable that the average person would believe the staff that are there to help the disabled people who come to apply for services, would be well advised in who should and should not be granted various services.
The problem is two-fold. First, the staff are often overworked and moderately paid. They likely try to do a reasonable job but there are so many variables that are used to determine eligibility that unless the applicant has the ability to amply demonstrate their eligibility then the staff may honestly but incorrectly deny the applicant.
This is a frustrating fact, but one that needs to be addressed. Your having ample need does not automatically mean you will get it. It is, therefore, necessary that you make sure to include all needed information to demonstrate your eligibility.
Getting Transit Aid
There are many times when a disabled person might need transportation assistance. The problem is that in some circumstances they may be able to take public transportation while other times they can not.
1. Someone with cognitive issues may appear to be physically fine to take a bus but they may not be capable of finding the bus stop or understanding how to get to their destination after getting off the bus. In some cases, they may not even know how to get the bus to stop where they need, or which stop they need to get off at.
2. Those with visual impairments might be able to navigate in areas they know, but when traveling to less known areas may not be able to do so.
3. If someone has issues with night vision they may be ok during the day but need help when out during the night time.
4. If a disabled person is in a wheelchair they might be able to take the bus during good weather with no problem. But if it is raining, or snowing, or if there is ice, then getting to the bus stop could be problematic. They may need assistance with transportation under those circumstances.
These are just a few of the many instances where someone might get turned down for services they actually qualify for. Knowing that you need to point out every specific detail will help you when applying.
You can get ADA help if you make the effort to spell out your needs and demonstrate your eligibility. Being as detailed in your description is a big key. Staff may not think about your situation the way you do. It, therefore, requires you to be more thorough in your description so the staff understands you do indeed qualify for the assistance.