Many times a hospital stay will indicate the beginning of or an ongoing part of a person's disability. The Case Management/Social Work Department at the Valley Hospital will help you to assess your abilities, educate you on what resources are available and how to access them.
The Disability Social History Project is an interesting website that provides people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in documenting their history and determine how to define themselves. One can browse their history timeline. It also offers links to some common and some not so common resources.