Disability Rights Florida assists people with disabilities who receive government benefits so that they can overcome barriers to employment, get a job and keep a job.
Disability Rights Florida services include:
- Information and Referral Services
- Advocacy Services
- Legal Representation
Request assistance from Disability Rights Florida by:
Toll free 1-800-342-0823 | TTY 1-800-346-4127
Online at: www.DisabilityRightsFlorida.org/intake
Disability Rights Florida also offers two programs that can help you with your government benefits or help you sign-up for the services that you need.
Client Assistance Program (CAP):
Disability Rights Florida’s Client Assistance Program (CAP) was established to help with any questions, problems or concerns related to services provided by Vocational Rehabilitation agencies. CAP staff can give advice and provide clarification
or assistance with the services provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Division of Blind Services.
If you are not getting the services that you need, CAP staff can work with you and Vocational Rehabilitation to help resolve the problem. They may also help you with an appeal such as an Administrative Review or Fair Hearing. Services are free and
confidential. CAP is independent of all state agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities.
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS):
The PABSS program was established under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. The purpose of this project, funded by the Social Security Administration, is to protect people with disabilities who receive government benefits
and who want to return to work. Disability Rights Florida can assist and support you in overcoming barriers to employment.
Services provided include:
- Transportation: Increasing travel choices and improving accessibility.
- Work Incentives: Encouraging paid employment at or above minimum wage, the use of vouchers and providing technical assistance to private employers. Providing guidance on proper income reporting.
- Supported Employment: Provides assistance to beneficiaries by advocating for integrated employment as the first option, on the job assistance and prioritizing personal work preferences, skills and goals
- Transition Services: Advocating for students negotiating the transition process from secondary education to post-secondary education or employment.
- Accommodations in the Workplace: Advocating for reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and on the job or identifying job discrimination or retaliation.
- Assistance with Employment Services: Guidance in working with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind Services, Ticket to Work and other Employment First Initiatives, which gives people with disabilities
access to employment opportunities.