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What You Need to Know About Handicapped Parking Laws in Florida

Posted by Scott Flexer

If you live in Florida and have a handicap that makes getting around difficult, then you know the importance of having handicapped parking. 

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Disability and the Criminal Justice System

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Individuals with both physical and mental health disabilities are especially susceptible to criminalization and discrimination by law enforcement. Incarcerated people with disabilities are disproportionately arrested and mistreated compared to those incarcerated with no disabilities.  

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Topics: disability rights florida, disability statistics, disability laws, Criminal Justice System

“Should I Apply for Disability?" (and Other SSDI Questions)

Posted by Scott Flexer

Should I apply for disability?

If this question has been running through your mind, there are several factors to consider. People can become permanently or temporarily disabled, so you should apply for Social Security benefits as soon as you become disabled since it may take up to three to five months for your application to be processed? 

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Topics: disability benefits, Social Security Disability, disability eligibility, SSDI eligibility, qualify for SSI, disability laws, disability blogs

March 1 is International Wheelchair Day: A Look Back at Its History

Posted by Scott Flexer

Mark your calendars: March 1st is international wheelchair day! On March 1st, events and activities will be hosted around the world where wheelchair users can celebrate how a wheelchair has positively impacted their lives.  

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Does PTSD Qualify for Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Many people associate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with combat veterans; after all, it used to be known as “shell shock” and “combat fatigue.” While many veterans do suffer from PTSD, today we know that this psychiatric disorder can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed other traumatic events, such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, rape or assault, and more. In fact, studies show that PTSD affects approximately 3.5% of American adults, and that an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Before covering PTSD disability benefits, let’s take a look at the disorder’s symptoms and how it’s diagnosed.

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Everything You Need to Know to Report Disability Fraud

Posted by Scott Flexer

 

Social Security Disability programs can be a literal lifesaver for people who truly need financial help because of a severe medical condition that prevents them from working for at least a year. Unfortunately, as with most things in life, there’s always someone looking to take advantage of the system. Fabricating a medical condition or financial situation in order to obtain benefits is illegal, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it.

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Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled Part 3

Posted by Scott Flexer

People with disabilities are greatly underrepresented in the movie industry. However, movies with characters with disabilities are some of the most inspirational films ever made. Here are five examples where disability in movies is highlighted. Don’t forget to also check out the disability movies lists in part one and part two of this series also. 

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It's Heart Month: What You Need To Know About Heart Disease Disability

Posted by Scott Flexer

Do you know the leading cause of death for Americans?

If you guessed heart disease, then you’re correct. Heart disease and conditions are the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. In fact, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease every year. 

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Resources for People With Disabilities

Posted by Scott Flexer

Dealing with a disability is difficult under any circumstances; this stress is only exacerbated when financial concerns, family, and quality of life are affected. In this article, we’ve compiled a broad list of federal and state disability resources and educational services for individuals in need of disability help, as well as information you can access to learn what you need to do to find help and assistance with your claim.

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SSI in Florida: Here's Everything you Need to Know

Posted by Scott Flexer

SSI (Supplemental Social Security Income) is a federal program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that assists elderly, disabled, or blind Americans with limited income and resources. Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is based on work credits that a person has accrued from working over their lifetime, SSI provides much-needed assistance to people who are disabled and with limited income, regardless of work history. Florida, unlike many other states, offers very few other kinds of disability assistance programs apart from SSI and SSDI.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, qualify for SSI, SSI program

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