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Do I Have to File Taxes While Receiving Disability Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Since 1955, Tax Day has rolled around once a year, typically on April 15th for those living in the United States, and June 15th for US citizens living abroad or in a US territory (due to a two-month automatic extension granted by the IRS). For individuals working for an employer, tax season is pretty straightforward; your employer deducts taxes from your paycheck, and at the end of the year you receive a W-2 form telling you how much you owe the government—or how much the government owes you. For Social Security Disability (SSDI) beneficiaries, it’s not quite as cut and dry. Let’s take a closer look.

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Topics: what to do once you have benefits

Will Unemployment Benefits Affect My Social Security Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

No one wants to risk losing their Social Security benefits, so many Americans applying for or receiving Social Security benefits, whether through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplementary Security Income (SSI) are hesitant to apply for unemployment in the event of a job loss. We’re here to answer your questions.

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Topics: SSDI Benefits, unemployment, SSDI benefit security

8 Tips to Winning Your Social Security Disability Case

Posted by Scott Flexer

Nearly 14% of Floridians are suffering from some sort of disability. But how many of those individuals are actually getting the support they deserve? Reports show that over 50% of disability claims are denied on the initial try, making the experience very frustrating for many individuals. Complicating matters, it’s not up to individual states to decide if you qualify; that job is left to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Topics: Social Security Disability, social security benefits, Florida Social Security Advocates

5 Super Successful People With Disabilities, Part 2

Posted by Scott Flexer

Welcome to Part 2 in our series "5 Super Successful People With Disabilities" (be sure to check out Part 1 as well). Overcoming adversity is a cornerstone of the human experience. For many people, they are able to rise above a challenge and move on from it. However, those with disabilities may face challenges daily. So when a disabled person is able to not just overcome adversity but achieve unparalleled levels of success, it is truly inspiring!

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Topics: inspiring stories, disability blogs, deaf, blind, Autism, down syndrome, disability experts, disability benefits, disability, disability FL

Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled, Part 1

Posted by Scott Flexer

When it comes to movies, people with disabilities are rarely seen. However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 40 million Americans have a disability, representing almost 13% of the population. So when disabled individuals make up just 2.5% of characters in 2017’s top 100 films, there seems to be a big disparity. However, when Hollywood does decide to make a film featuring someone with a disability, they often put their heart into it and create an amazing film. Here are five of our favorites.

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Topics: inspiring stories, inspiring movies, disability advocate, disablity

Difficulties the Hearing Impaired Face Every Day

Posted by Scott Flexer

People who are hearing impaired face considerable challenges. They experience and navigate the world much differently than those with perfect hearing. To gain an understanding of the difficulties they may face, here are ten situations you may have never thought of that make life more challenging when little to nothing is audible.

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Topics: disability blogs, deaf, disability benefits, disability experts, Florida Disability Benefits, adults with disabilities, disability benefits for children, disability laws

Top Trending Disability Topics Right Now

Posted by Scott Flexer

What's the talk around town? What's trending on Twitter? Let's face it, news about the rights of the disabled is usually not making front page news. It's unfortunate, but it's reality. So, in an effort to keep people informed and to help them make a difference, we're rounding up today’s current hot topics into one convenient post.

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Topics: disability laws, disability statistics, disability blogs, ADA laws, Emotional Support Animals, special needs children, disability abuse, inspiring stories, Disability benefits in Florida, disability advocate

Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Posted by Scott Flexer

Everyday life for those with a disability can pose a myriad of challenges. For those with wanderlust, it may present another whole new set of them. While some destinations are not going to be as accommodating as others, don’t let disability rule out your desire to see the world. Here are some tips to make your dreams of travel a reality.

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Topics: traveling with disability, disability blogs, ADA laws, disability laws, inspiring stories

How a Ban on Plastic Straws Hurts the Disabled

Posted by Scott Flexer

Earlier this month, Starbucks and American Airlines became the first two major companies to announce that they were phasing out plastic straws, and Seattle became the first U.S. city to ban them from food service establishments. While there’s no doubt that eliminating the use of plastic straws does offer environmental and health benefits, it also poses new challenges to people with disabilities, some of whom require a straw just to take a drink.

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Topics: disability blogs, disability laws, ADA laws, Disability benefits in Florida, disability rights florida, Apply for Disability in Florida, disablity, Florida Disability Benefits, disability experts, disability, disability FL

5 Disability Blogs to Lift You Up—and 1 to Make You Laugh

Posted by DEF

Living with a disability can at times be challenging and exhausting. Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, it can help to know there are other people out there in the same or at least a similar boat. We scoured the internet to find the best blogs regarding disability, and have come up with five inspirational ones—and an extra one perfect for those with a wry sense of humor.

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Topics: inspiring stories, disability blogs, special needs children, traveling with disability

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