Unfortunately, disability is a reality for many single mothers. But as frustrating as it is not to be able to work, it doesn't mean you're out of luck. Hopefully you can receive some sort of disability benefit from your employer, but if not (or you weren't employed when you became disabled), read on for more options to help you through this difficult time.
Depending on the extent of your injuries or disability, you may still be able to work in some capacity-you just may need to look for an accommodation or another type of position altogether. You might be able to work out a plan with your employer for a flexible working schedule or maybe even a work-at-home schedule. If that's not possible, there are organizations out there that specialize in finding work for those who have become disabled. Check with your state's vocational rehabilitation agency; they provide training and other services to prepare you for alternative employment. Also, be sure to check with the Job Accommodations Network for training, consultations, and contacts for people with disabilities
If working isn't an option at all, there are other ways that you can find support. If you're unable to work because of a disability and are under the age of 65, you might be eligible for Supplemental Security Income, or SSI. Visit the website or your local Social Security office to learn more and apply for aid. You could be eligible for SSI even if you've never worked. Also check with your state's Department of Human Services for information on financial support, food stamps, and other aid.
Don't overlook non-profit organizations on your quest for help. There are many non-profits that have been established to help people with disabilities. Easter Seals offers job training, child care, and more. Search the internet for non-profits in your area designed to help. You could also call your local United Way and ask for referrals. And don't forget about the grants that are available for people with disabilities. Search Grants For Women to find the perfect one for you and your family.
The search for financial support might not be easy, and you may need to fill out countless forms and speak with several different people, but where there's a will, there's a way. Keep your spirits up and know that help is just around the corner.