Washington D.C Resources

General Resources

  • Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) (202-724-5626)
    • DACL serves District residents 60 and older, adults living with disabilities, and their caregivers. In partnership with more than 20 community-based organizations, DACL offers more than 40 free or residents live boldly at any age, stage or ability.
    • The ADA home page will have information regarding latest laws, disability news and regulations. They will also have resources for all things disabled.
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration 
  • DC Caregivers’ Institute (DCCI) (202-464-1513)
    • DCCI prepares caregivers to solve problems and better cope with changing situations, while enhancing practical skills needed daily.

Home- and Community-Based Resources

  • Department of Aging and Community Living (202-724-5626)
    • DACL is available to assist low-income seniors, people with disabilities and social workers with the process of applying for Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. DACL can help older adults understand the process for obtaining and utilizing Home and Community Based (HCB) and Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) waivers.
  • The Department on Disability Services (DDS) (202-730-1700 | dds.dc.gov)
    • The DDS is composed of two administrations that oversee and coordinate services for residents with disabilities and their caregivers through a network of private and nonprofit providers: Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

Transportation Resource

  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
    • Metro offers reduced fares and paratransit service for seniors and people with disabilities.
      • 202-962-2700: Reduced rate and disability ID card
      • 888-762-7874: toll-free, SmarTrip card.
  • Transport DC (844-322-7732)
    • Transport DC provides an alternative to paratransit transportation service for eligible MetroAccess customers who are residents of the District of Columbia. Transport DC provides $5 one-way taxicab rides to and from any location in the District from the 1st of month through the 15th. For the remainder of the month, transportation is restricted to approved employment and medical treatment locations only.

Specific Audience Resources

  • Silver Circles (202-895-9448)
    • Silver Circles are peer-led support groups offered by Iona Senior Services and Whitman-Walker Health for adults age 60-plus who identify as LGBTQ. The groups, offered in several locations, meet for one hour twice a month and provide opportunities to connect with LGBTQ peers, offer a safe space to talk about issues and build support to help navigate challenges.
  • Alzheimer’s Association – National Capital Area Chapter (800-272-3900)
    • The National Capital Area Chapter serves people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families and caregivers in the District of Columbia, suburban and Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia.

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