Information & services for the disability community are widely available beyond Walton Options. Through our services and projects, we have found a variety of disability resources available that is as diverse as our community is.
Are you looking for a support group for a specific disability? Do you want more information additional resource organizations? Check out our list of additional resources to find more assistance. If you are a part of a group that supports or works with those in the disabled community and would like to have your group listed, please Contact Us with all your information so we can add it to our resources.
National & Regional
ADA Legacy Project
ADA National Network
Hear Now – The Starkey Hearing Foundation
6700 Washington Ave. S
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Hear Now is the US program of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. As such, Hear Now serves low income individuals, of any age, who permanently reside in the US that have no other resources to acquire hearing aids. Anyone having any benefit for hearing aids, in part or total, through VA, an insurance plan, Medicaid, a state or any other program, may not qualify for Hear Now service, but they are encouraged to call to discuss their individual situation.
ILRU Directory of Centers for Independent Living and Associations
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, research, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.
A service of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia, with NFB Newsline blind and print-disabled Georgians can access over 250 newspapers and magazines by phone. With a wide variety of publications provide timely information concerning our communities, cities, nation and the world, blind and print-disabled citizens can stay connected to the social and political life of Georgia and the world, and continue to be informed, participating, contributing members of society.
Southeast ADA Network
City of Augusta – Compliance Office
535 Telfair St.
Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: (706) 826-4789
Fax: (706) 823-4395
Augusta, Georgia wants all of our citizens to participate in the programs, services, and activities offered by the government. Therefore, it is our policy to create an inclusive organizational environment as outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). As a government entity, we are committed to empowering persons with disabilities to participate in the social and economic life of the community by eliminating physical and attitudinal barriers. If you have any concerns about the city or it’s programs, the Compliance office is the best place to express your accessibility concerns.
CSRA Area Agency on Aging
Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)
A unit of the Library of Congress, GLASS administers a free library program of braille and recorded materials that are circulated to eligible borrowers by postage-free mail. For a Library of Congress Talking Book application you can call 1-800-248-6701 or visit them at One Margaret Mitchell Square, 4th Floor in Atlanta. You can also contact them at email@example.com
Georgia Radio Reading Service
Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) is another way for Georgians with visual impairment or other print disabilities to access information. GaRRS is a non-profit closed circuit radio station whose 200 volunteer readers broadcast 150 different radio shows each month including cover-to-cover readings of magazines, newspapers, and books, population-specific programming (Seniors, Veterans and Hispanic/Latino News), public service announcements and information regarding community-support programs and activities.
Georgia STABLE Accounts
The Georgia STABLE Accounts Program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation signed in 2016. The Georgia ABLE Act is modeled after the federal ABLE Act of 2014. A STABLE account has many features of a regular bank account and acts as an investment account, similar to a 529 college savings account or a 401(k) retirement account but is designed for persons with disabilities. Georgia STABLE significantly expands opportunities for persons with disabilities to live independently by allowing certain individuals to save and invest money without losing eligibility for other public benefits programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance. Contributions and earnings in STABLE accounts are not subject to federal or state income tax if spent on qualifying expenses, such as education, health care, housing and transportation. Contributions to STABLE accounts are made with after-tax dollars. Questions about eligibility? The Georgia STABLE Accounts website offers a quick Eligibility Quiz at https://www.georgiastable.com/eligibility/.
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia (GA SILC)
Tools for Life (TFL)
Aiken County Help Line 2-1-1
211 (phone) or 1-866-892-11
The Aiken County Help line works to empower and connect all citizens to appropriate resources based on needs. The help line is open 24/7 to provide supportive information and referrals or interventions. Simply dial 2-1-1. All calls are free and confidential. Examples of needs include: Need for Food, Shelter/Housing, Clothing, Transportation, Child Care, Utility Payment Assistance, County Services and Information; Health Care; Employment; Local Summer Camp Listings for children; Day Care; Elderly or Disability Services; Crisis Intervention for Domestic, Child or Elder Abuse; Alcohol & Drug Addiction; Suicide Prevention; Supportive Listening and Community Wide Information During Times of Disaster. They also have an online database, SC 2-1-1, that is searchable for resource finding in your local community.
CSRA Dream Catchers
NAMI Connections Support Group
803-508-7871 – Cindy Smith, Certified Peer Support Specialist & NAMI Connections Facilitator
NAMI Connections is a FREE recovery support group for adults (18+) diagnosed with mental illness. NAMI Connections provides respect, understanding, encouragement and hope. Participants have the opportunity to share the challenges of coping with mental illness as well as the successes associated with recover. Information shared is confidential.
Where: ABMHC, 1135 Gregg Hwy, Aiken, SC 29801, 803-641-7700
When: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
NAMI Family Support Group
803-508-7871 – Cindy Smith, Certified Peer Support Specialist & NAMI Family Support Facilitator
NAMI Family SUpport Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances. NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensure everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need. This support group is FREE to participants, designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness that meets monthly and is confidential.
Where: Aiken Barnwell MHC, 1135 Gregg Hwy, Aiken, SC 29801, 803-641-7700
The South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Cataracts are among the leading causes of vision loss worldwide; they are usually treatable. Has an ophthalmologist diagnosed you or a loved one with cataracts? Do you need cataract surgery but can’t afford the cost? If you’re a SC resident and U.S. citizen not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance; and have cataracts in both eyes, we at the SC Commission for the Blind may be able to help. Give us a call at 888.335.5951 or find us online
South Carolina STABLE Accounts
The South Carolina STABLE Accounts Program is administered by the State Treasurer’s Office. A STABLE account has many features of a regular bank account and acts as an investment account, similar to a 529 college savings account or a 401(k) retirement account but is designed for persons with disabilities. South Carolina STABLE significantly expands opportunities for persons with disabilities to live independently by allowing certain individuals to save and invest money without losing eligibility for other public benefits programs such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance. Contributions and earnings in STABLE accounts are not subject to federal or state income tax if spent on qualifying expenses, such as education, health care, housing and transportation. Contributions to STABLE accounts are made with after-tax dollars. F0r more details about eligibility, visit https://www.scable.org/faq/.
South Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (SC SILC)
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation
MoneyGeek – Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible
This article offers a variety of different options when looking at making a home more accessible. It also has links to different resources for guidance and assistance.
Recovering from a Natural Disaster in College
Figuring out what to do in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is a challenge for anyone, but students living away from home from the first time may feel particularly vulnerable. This website contains resources for what students can do to be prepared for and following a natural disaster.
Senior P.R.E.P (Planning Resources for Emergency Preparedness): Emergency Shelters
SENIOR P.R.E.P. is a program designed to raise awareness of the importance of individual emergency preparedness for South Carolina’s senior population. It is sponsored by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging (LGOA), in partnership with Walgreens and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD). Click here to see the Emergency Shelters Brochure
If you are interested in specific resources, please contact Walton Options on 706-724-6262 to speak with an Information and Referral Specialist. Or complete the Self-Referral Form online by clicking here.