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Legal Resources for Getting Public Benefits

Even when you’re eligible to receive public benefits, getting them can still be a challenge. NLS may be able to help you determine your eligibility and ensure your access to the benefits you’re entitled to for a healthier, happier life. Benefits include:

  • Medicaid
  • CHIP
  • DPW-administered childcare subsidies
  • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
  • Unemployment compensation benefits 

Follow the links below for resources specific to public benefits. 


NLS recently published an Accessibility Guide as a resource to help content creators ensure the accessibility of information for individuals with disabilities. When resources, information, and services are not accessible, then people with disabilities are unfairly barred from access. People with disabilities may use assistive technology – including screen readers, voice recognition software, and video relay services – to interact with digital content. However, many people with disabilities do not use aids and rely on the accessibility of digital content. It is important to create content that is compatible with that assistive technology, and that is accessible for people with disabilities without any aids or assistive technology.

Publication of this Accessibility Guide as made possible through a grant from The FISA Foundation for our Criminal Record Clearing for Individuals with Disabilities Project which allowed NLS to spread the word about the availability of criminal record clearing to disability-serving organizations and their clients as well as provide expungement/sealing services to numerous clients with disabilities.  NLS is also examining our organizational practices with regard to the many clients with disabilities seeking our services and plans to improve accessibility.


This page provides general practical information and is not legal advice. Please consult a lawyer for specific legal advice. Remember – the laws can change, which could change the information provided here. Make sure that you check for updates before relying on this information.

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