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Telephone line helps those with disabilities

"I am in need of housing, I can't afford a lot being on my disability income, what can I do?" "I wish I could find a job but I am afraid of losing my disability benefits." "I know I qualify for programs, but I don't understand all of this paperwo...

"I am in need of housing, I can't afford a lot being on my disability income, what can I do?"

"I wish I could find a job but I am afraid of losing my disability benefits."

"I know I qualify for programs, but I don't understand all of this paperwork or even how to begin."

These are all common calls taken daily by the Disability Linkage Line in Minnesota. There are hundreds of Minnesotan's that have not reached out for help simply because they are unaware of what is available or where to find answers.

Disability Linkage Line provides free, confidential assistance that links Minnesotans with disabilities and chronic illnesses to local and statewide resources.

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The program assists individuals, family members, caregivers and providers with answers.

Calls include information and referrals on benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare; home modifications; assistive technology; personal assistance services such as nursing care/in-home services/waiver programs; accessible housing; employment programs; social activities; disability rights and more.

"We work closely with the local providers to furnish the advocacy and implementation piece to programs and services. Our centers for independent living; our healthcare professionals, informal providers, our county workers - all together, we make the difference!" said Sharon Notch, coordinator for the Disability Linkage Line for Central Minnesota.

The local office for the 26-county area, including Douglas County, is located in Brainerd. Call Notch at the Disability Linkage Line at 1-866-333-2433 or via email: sharonn@semcil.org .

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