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Lending a Helping Hand

Are you in need of help but unsure of where to turn for assistance? If so, the following service may be helpful to you:

In addition to being faced with hardships, many families and individuals often find it extremely challenging to secure the appropriate services they 1199922 red_lady
need. With a mission to help residents experiencing hardships, the state of Michigan created a website called Helping Hand. Serving as quick referral service, Helping Hand assists individuals in finding information about programs and services that are available throughout various Michigan counties. By simply clicking on one of the five specifically labeled tabs featured on the homepage or by searching the site, individuals can find information and services related to health care, family support, housing assistance, jobs and training programs and unemployment benefits.

To learn more about Helping Hand or begin your search for assistance, visit www.michigan.gov/helpinghand/. As you search, please be aware that eligibility requirements may vary per program.

Although the Helping Hand website provides a list of a variety of programs and services available throughout Michigan, it only represents a portion of the services available to Michigan residents. To find additional services that may be available in your area, contact your county’s local United Way 2-1-1 Call Center.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers, our experienced lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and they'll work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and have been denied Social Security benefits, don't give up! Call the experienced disability lawyers of The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve.

Need a Place to Store Your Information & Appointments?1277878 check_list

Do you constantly feel overwhelmed and anxious with the many doctor’s appointments that you must keep up with? Are you always afraid that you might forget one? The following planning tool will help you stay organized and keep all of your personal information and appointments in one place.

Person Centered Planning is a unique, internet based tool that was designed to help support individuals with disabilities, people who are aging, along with their family caregivers and service providers. This program makes it easy to record your personal history and offers a resource to capture the users’ stories and actively shape their futures. With Look Back, Plan Forward, you can create a personal account where you will be able to enter your personal information and update it over time; it will also create reports that you can download and print to share with family, friends, heath care providers and home care providers. The goal of this program is to help other better understand your history, values, preferences, and support needs. It is free and easy to create your personal timeline with Person Centered Planning. Simply, go to the home page, where you can create your profile. You choose a username and password and enter some basic demographic information. You can also upload a picture or image to personalize your profile.

Along with being a great planning tool, this program can also be a great resource when going through the Social Security Disability process. Person Centered Planning will help you keep up with all of your appointments, and allow you to save your personal disability story. Look Back, Plan Forward keeps your information private and only allows you to share your information with people in which you have given access to your account.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Need Hearing Aids?

If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss and are in need of hearing aids but just can’t afford them, the following organization may help you find a resource or program that will assist your needs.

753468 earAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 36 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization providing assistance and resources for people with hearing loss. HLAA also helps individuals and their families learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. This organization knows that it can often become difficult for people with limited financial means to purchase hearing aids and because of this; they offer many different resources to assist in this area.

 If you have checked with your health insurance provider and found that you do not qualify to receive financial assistance for your hearing aids, check out the resources located on the HLAA website to see if you may be eligible for other programs. The HLAA site gives helpful information regarding financial assistance and also gives a list of national or regional resources for assistance.

For more information about the services and programs that are available through the Hearing Loss Association of America, please call 301.657.2248.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

A Place of Hope 

Are you facing a hardship and in need of assistance? The following program offers several services to women and children throughout the Atlanta, GA area:mom and daughter

Many individuals are often faced with the harsh reality of being homeless and find that they have no one and no where to turn to. This can affect these individuals in a very negative way, leaving them feeling worthless and low. For the last 27 years, the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children has served the homeless women and children throughout the community and helped them to renew their hope and opportunity for a better life.

The Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children offers many different programs that help women get their lives back on track. A few of these programs include:

  • Critical Needs Program
  • Computer Training Program
  • Children and Youth Programs
  • Educational Programs
  • Employment Assistance
  • Health Care
  • Community Resources
  • Housing and Social Services

In addition to these programs, the Atlanta Day Shelter also provides a daytime home, showers, access to onsite medical care, laundry facilities, as well as individual care and attention to help the guests adjust.

For more information about the services and programs that are available through the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children, call (404) 564-7777.

At The Cochran Firm we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

No Time to Wait

As a parent, no one knows your child better than you. If you have questions about your child’s development, don’t worry! The following organization provides assistance to families throughout Michigan.

1078240 family_fun_4Having a baby is often the highlight of life for many parents. Although overjoyed with their new additions, many parents often find themselves wondering if their children are developing and growing like others. As Michigan’s early intervention service, Early On encourages parents with questions about their child’s development to not worry but to also not wait.

Through Early On, parents of infants and toddlers with a disability, developmental delay or medical condition are provided with a variety of support services to assist them as their children begin to learn and grow. To determine a child’s need for services, Early On conducts an evaluation of their development. If the child is found to be eligible for any of the services offered through Early On, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed to guide the family through the early intervention process. Early intervention services generally consist of specialized health, educational and therapeutic services. The early intervention services offered through Early On includes, but is not limited to, the following services:

  • Assessment Services
  • Audiology
  • Diagnostic Medical Services
  • Early Identification
  • Home Visits
  • Family Skills Training
  • Transportation
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Health Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Speech
  • Occupational Therapy

If you have questions about your child’s development, don’t wait! For more information or determine your child’s eligibility for services, call 1-800-EarlyOn (327-5966).

At The Cochran Firm, our experienced lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and they'll work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If your child is under 18 and has been diagnosed with a physical or mental condition, or a combination of conditions, they may qualify to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). For more information about SSI or to receive assistance in applying for SSI benefits, contact The Cochran Firm at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.


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