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What To Do If You've Been Denied Disability Benefits Twice

If you've applied for disability, you know how difficult it can be. It can be very time consuming to gather the information needed to file an application. Once that process has finally been completed, many applicants experience a sense of relief. The sheer time and effort it takes to prepare for an SSDI application is one reason why being denied ...

September is International Deaf Awareness Month: How to Engage With The Deaf Community

Did you know that September is International Deaf Awareness Month? The month of September is considered an international celebration of the deaf community, and the last week of the month is known as “International Week of the Deaf” (IWDeaf). Each year throughout September, organizations in countries around the globe get involved in ways to ...

What Medical Syndromes May Qualify For Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the “Blue Book” listing of impairments to determine which medical conditions qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, there are hundreds of medical syndromes out there not listed that may be just as severe as the listed qualifying conditions.  With an official diagnosis and a thorough ...

Your Guide to Qualifying Conditions for Social Security Disability

There are countless illnesses for which you can receive Social Security disability benefits. From disorders of the cardiovascular system, such as heart failure and coronary artery disease, to mental conditions like depression and bipolar disorder, disability benefits are there to help you through. So, let's take a look at just some of the ...

COVID-19 Updates From the Social Security Administration

Every since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the routines of millions of people and businesses. The Social Security Administration (SSA) can count itself as one such organization that had to restructure daily operations to keep applicants and employees safe. Changes, including telephone hearings and closed offices, were made among other ...

Veteran's Disability vs. Social Security Disability Benefits: Is There a Difference?

As of August 2019, there were nearly 5 million veterans - about 25 percent of the total amount of people who served our country - that had a service-connected disability recognized by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Department of Defense.  Veterans can apply for Social Security disability benefits and receive help if they have a ...

You've Been Approved For Social Security Benefits! What's Next?

If you’re reading this article, then hopefully you have been approved for Social Security benefits!  Being approved for SSDI or SSI means you can take a deep breath and relax knowing that all your hard work for the past several months (or longer!) has been not in vain. Now, you can receive the benefits that you can rely on to continue to live your ...

Does Hemorrhagic Stroke Qualify for Disability Benefits?

Strokes are often caused by hemorrhage, or pooling of blood in the brain - the effects of which can cause devastating results. Stroke victims can be left with after-effects such as difficulties with speech, walking, vision, or even paralysis of an entire side of one's body. While some people only suffer from a stroke for a short period of time, ...

How Disability Experts Can Help You Prepare for Your Telephone Hearing

If you’ve applied for Social Security disability benefits during the COVID-19 crisis, or applied previously and had your hearing scheduled during the last few months, then you are aware of how COVID-19 has disrupted normal SSA protocol when it comes to hearings. Typical in-person disability hearings before an administrative law judge have been ...

Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits For Children

When we think about Social Security disability benefits, we usually relate the concept to adults receiving help for a certain medical condition or disability. However, adults are not the only recipients of disability benefits. There are a few different ways in which children can qualify to receive Social Security benefits, too. Learn more about ...

Recreational Programs & Retreats for People with Disabilities

There have been more opportunities than ever before for people with disabilities to get out in nature or engage in activities they’ve never tried. Camps and programs sponsored by organizations that help people with disabilities enjoy barrier-free sports and fun activities can be found across the United States. Whether it’s accessible camping out ...

Autism and Social Security Disability: Do I Qualify?

Autism is not one disorder, but the name of a broad range of serious developmental conditions. About 1 in 54 children are born with autism, but this disorder can reveal itself in numerous ways. Since autism spectrum disorder is a range of different subtypes, people with autism can all experience different strengths and challenges. While some ...

Debunking the Most Common Social Security Myths

Social Security disability benefits have positively affected the lives of thousands of people who need them. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of misconceptions out there about what Social Security is or isn’t.  Here are the most common Social Security myths circulating out there and the real truth behind them. The Truth About Common Social ...

How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take in Florida?

If you’re a Florida resident who recently filed for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through the SSA, and have since received a denial letter, don’t give up hope. In fact, about 67% of initial disability claims are denied. That being said, the disability benefits process does not stop there. By ...

What To Do When a Social Security Beneficiary Dies

Has a loved one passed away recently in your life?  Whether he or she was your spouse, parent, or a family member, there are special considerations to take if they were a Social Security beneficiary. The SSA must be notified of a recipient's passing as soon as possible, while children and spouses may be eligible for all or a portion of the ...

Everything You Need to Know About Budgeting on a Fixed Income

Living on a fixed income may feel constraining, but it doesn’t have to be with the right budgeting plan! A study found that people with disabilities often have higher expenses—from food to medical care—on top of any additional costs due to living with a disability. Due to these constraints, it’s important for people with disabilities to ...

How Your Work History Affects your SSDI Benefits Eligibility

Are you considering applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits? You may want to assess your work history before doing so. While SSDI benefits are available for those who have paid into it via a payroll tax, there are other requirements and criteria that factor into a person’s SSDI benefits eligibility other than just ...

What Does the New Normal Look Like for People with Disabilities?

As COVID-19 cases begin to recede throughout the country, many states are starting to reopen and evaluate what changes to make to ensure safety. Signs of the “new normal” after COVID-19 can be seen everywhere; it may look like restaurants serving food again with outside seating, stores reopening their doors but with capacity requirements, and a ...

Challenges for People with Disabilities During COVID-19

Whether it's the shift to a remote workforce or social distancing guidelines, the challenges of COVID-19 have been felt by much of the world. However, the impact has been especially felt by the disability community. On top of the regular challenges presented by the coronavirus, people with disabilities have been presented with increased challenges ...

Disability Rights Movement & COVID-19

The world is facing numerous challenges due to COVID-19. However, people with disabilities are facing extra consequences and obstacles as a result of COVID-19 and healthcare initiatives. People with disabilities are already a vulnerable group  - in terms of both the protection of their rights and their health. Many are susceptible to severe ...

Am I Eligible to Receive SSI and Food Stamps?

Can I get food stamps if I'm on disability? This is a question that many individuals receiving either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) may have. So, is it possible to receive both SSDI/SSI and food stamps? Before that can be answered, there are certain eligibility requirements that you have to meet ...

Economic Stimulus Relief for Social Security Recipients

In the instability of the COVID-19 crisis, Social Security recipients may be worried about their benefits and the status of their economic stimulus relief check. Although the SSA has reassured approved social security beneficiaries that COVID-19 will not affect their benefits, what about your economic stimulus relief?  The economic relief checks ...

Creative Ways People with Disabilities Can Practice Social Distancing

Government officials and health experts have been emphasizing how important social distancing is to “flattening the curve” of coronavirus and protecting those who are susceptible to life-threatening consequences of the virus.  People with disabilities who are chronically ill are also vulnerable to the coronavirus. Individuals with conditions ...

Free Community Resources for Residents on a Fixed Income

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected communities all over the nation. Businesses and schools have been shut down or had to resort to virtual classes and services. The safety measures to control the virus have also affected resources for low and fixed income families, such as food assistance and student lunch programs. In response to COVID-19, ...

Will My Social Security Disability Hearing be Affected by COVID-19?

If you have a Social Security disability hearing, then you already have plenty on your plate. While this is a great opportunity to advocate your case in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ), it can be intimidating.  Now, with COVID-19 temporarily closing both state and federal level courts and disrupting everyday life for thousands of ...

Can I Go to a Food Bank if I Receive SSI/SSDI Benefits?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak didn’t just disrupt businesses—it has put many Americans who rely on access to inexpensive sources of food at risk because of business closures and changes in the schedules of food programs. Even before the outbreak, many people on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) ...

Will COVID-19 Affect My Social Security Benefits?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has disrupted the lives of millions of Americans. Even in the Sunshine State of Florida, stay-at-home orders and business closures related to COVID-19 have put many people out of work. This disruption has caused many people on (or waiting to join) Social Security benefits programs to ask: “Will the coronavirus ...

Social Security Phone Scams You Should Be Aware Of

Social security scams are still incredibly common, and they come in many forms. For example, phishing emails are used as a way to impersonate a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. These emails are hard to detect. In fact, according to the Federal Trade Commission, more than 92,000 people reported losing $173 million to these kinds of ...

Can the SSA Use Social Media To Weed Out Disability Fraud?

Massachusetts resident Antonios Sarantos had received more than $55,000 in disability benefits due to reportedly injuring his back. The problem was, Sarantos was not injured. In 2006, he was convicted of disability fraud after investigators found him working at his bar with no back injuries.  Luckily, studies show that disability fraud is not as ...

Assistive Devices for Disability: Past, Present, and Future

The 21st century has witnessed numerous technological progress in a variety of fields, including improvements to help people work with their disabilities. Assistive technology is one of those advancements for people with disabilities and has positively impacted thousands of lives.  Assistive devices have come a long way since its origins in the ...

What You Need to Know About Handicapped Parking Laws in Florida

If you live in Florida and have a handicap that makes getting around difficult, then you know the importance of having handicapped parking.  Handicap-reserved spaces allow for extra room for walkers or wheelchairs, and are close in proximity to the destination, be it a store or business, so people with disabilities do not need to walk as far to ...

Disability and the Criminal Justice System

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.   According to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in ...

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

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?  If you ...

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

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.   Learn more about this day and wheelchair history below!  What Is International Wheelchair Day?  Since its launch in 2008, ...

Does PTSD Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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 ...

Everything You Need to Know to Report Disability Fraud

  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 ...

Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled Part 3

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 ...

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

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.  Heart disease disability is also one of the leading causes of disability in ...

Resources for People With Disabilities

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 ...

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

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, ...

Living with an Invisible Disability—and Receiving Disability Benefits

Some of us tend to think of disability only in terms of what can be physically seen—a missing limb perhaps, or maybe an assistive device such as a wheelchair, hearing aid, or white cane. Of course, it’s important to remember that not all disabilities have a physical manifestation, and that’s what is meant by the term “invisible disability.” ...

Six Mistakes to Avoid At Your Social Security Disability Hearing

Your social security disability benefits claim was denied, so you requested a hearing and you’re finally getting your day in court. While this is a great opportunity to finally be heard in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), for many people, the idea of a disability hearing can be intimidating which can lead to bad decision-making. But ...

How do I Know if my Child is Eligible for Disability Benefits?

Raising a child with disabilities can be difficult for any family, but even more challenging for those with low incomes. In these situations, families often wonder if their child may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.  First off, it’s important to understand children are not eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance ...

Returning to Work After Social Security Disability Leave: What to Expect

You never thought you’d say it, but you’re actually beginning to miss the daily grind; you definitely miss the water cooler gossip.  After a period of time out of the workforce, you may be thinking about returning to work after long term disability or short term disability. But you may also worry that finding work after disability will endanger ...

Qualifying for Disability With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, and more than 50 million adults suffer from one form or another. One often-debilitating type of arthritis that affects 1.3 Americans is rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. According to the Arthritis Foundation: “Rheumatoid ...

Filing For Disability Benefits Without Strong Work History

Most of us understand that Social Security retirement benefits are not based on your needs—they’re based on how much income you earned during your working life. The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a record of these earnings and pays benefits based on the average amount earned over your lifetime, provided a minimum number of work hours ...

What Medical Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI

Knowing which Social Security disability benefits you qualify for can sometimes be complicated to sort out when you’re also struggling with a serious medical condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) relies upon medical evidence when evaluating your disability claim, which makes it important for you to know what kinds of medical tests ...

Can I Qualify for Disability with Agoraphobia?

If you suffer from agoraphobia, you know the challenges it can impose upon your daily life. Even stepping outside your home for a few moments can cause panic and severe anxiety. To make matters worse, people who don’t have experience with this disorder often have a difficult time understanding just how debilitating it can be and how it can impact ...

4 Eligibility Requirements for Survivor Benefits

If you were married to someone who is now deceased, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits. These benefits operate similarly to an insurance program; everyone pays into Social Security through a portion of the taxes taken out of their income. Should you ever become disabled and can no longer work, you can apply to ...

5 Things to Know Before You Apply for Disability in Florida

Making the decision to apply for disability in Florida can be a tough choice to make. We understand that you've worked hard all your life and acknowledging that you need Social Security Disability (SSDI) can be hard. But there’s no reason to feel bad about this decision. Around one-quarter of working adults will, unfortunately, be forced to make ...

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease?

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) that affect an estimated 3 million U.S. adults according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)—an increase of one-third from just 15 years prior. This statistic doesn’t include children under 18, who can also be affected by IBD, because most people are diagnosed in ...

10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an SSDI Advocate

Maybe you've applied for disability benefits and you've been denied, or perhaps you just need some advice on getting started with your application; whatever the case, a Social Security Disability advocate can offer help and guidance. But how do you pick the right advocate? Here are some things you should ask an advocate before you decide that you ...

Fibromyalgia and Disability Benefits: Facts You Need to Know

Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyositis and myofascial pain syndrome, is, quite literally, a nerve-wracking condition that can have severe mental and physical effects. But, currently, the chronic pain disorder isn’t listed as an entry in the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Blue Book listing of impairments. Yet many people with ...

4 Tips for Appealing a SSDI Review Board Rejection

Filing for disability benefits can be a long process at times, and it can often be extended even longer by claim denials from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Fortunately, not all is lost if you’ve been denied or had your monthly benefits terminated. If you act promptly to appeal the SSA’s determination, and obtain enough medical evidence ...

What is Disability Compensation for Veterans?

There are more than 18 million veterans living here at home, and those who were on active duty may develop disabilities, injuries, or illnesses as a result of their service. In cases where a veteran has a condition develop or worsen due to their active service, they may be eligible for tax-free disability compensation from the Department of ...

What Type of Examination is Needed to File Disability Benefits?

Has a medically disabling condition stopped you from working? If so, you may want to consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. There are two types of Social Security benefits you may qualify for: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Depending on your prior work history and income level, ...

Do You Actually NEED a Disability Advocate to File for SSDI?

Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a long, difficult, and exhausting process. This is especially true when you’re busy simply trying to get by and adjust to the massive lifestyle changes that disability brings. So, it’s only natural to want some help from an experienced disability advocate to help you file the ...

Social Security Disability Benefits: Back Pay and Retroactive Payments

In a perfect world, we’d begin receiving Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) as soon as we apply. Of course, that’s not how it works. Your case must first be examined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine eligibility and the process can be quite lengthy. If you ultimately are approved, you may then qualify for back pay ...

Does Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Qualify Me for Disability?

If you or a loved one suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, you are all too familiar with the extremes of anxiety—obsessions and compulsions that can take up hours of the day and cause serious distress. And while many movies and television shows play OCD for laughs, you know it’s no joke, whether it’s the double and triple-checking ...

Can I Qualify for Disability if I Have Diabetes?

Diabetes continues to represent a growing health problem in the United States. Type 1 diabetes, otherwise known as insulin-dependent diabetes, often manifests in childhood and requires daily insulin injections and monitoring of blood sugar levels. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes are unable to produce insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. ...

What is the Maximum Income to Qualify for SSI in Florida?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), benefits many recipients who suffer from a disabling condition or who aren’t eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). SSI amounts vary across the country as some states opt in to provide additional money to the federal SSI ...

The New Law Improving Disaster Planning for People With Disabilities

A deluge of recent disasters, from hurricanes to wildfires, has reinforced the notion that they can strike at any time without warning. And while a disaster can be detrimental to anyone, they can be especially dangerous for people with disabilities, who may not be able to act quickly or have the ability to “hunker down” for long stretches of time; ...

Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) and Disability Benefits: Do You Qualify?

What is ALS? ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named after the famous baseball player) is, in essence, a degenerative disease of the nervous system in which the voluntarily controlled muscles and the nerves connected to the muscles degenerate. As the muscles continue to degenerate and atrophy, everyday actions that you carry out become more and more ...

June 21 is Global ALS/MND Day

On June 21 each year, the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations recognizes a global day for ALS/MND, a disease affecting people around the world regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or region. Designed to raise funds and awareness of the disease, this global event occurs on June 21 this calendar day marks a solstice, or a ...

What Kinds of Arthritis Qualify you for Disability Benefits?

There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have a form of arthritis. Arthritis, an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease, is generally caused by obesity, ...

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Disaster can strike at any time, and it’s often not a matter of if, but when. If you’re in the Southeast, there is the threat of hurricanes and flooding; in the Midwest, tornadoes; in the Northeast, snowstorms; and out West, earthquakes and wildfires. When a threat looms, people often need to leave their homes quickly and unexpectedly to stay out ...

June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day

Each year around the globe, cancer claims the lives of millions, and millions more will be diagnosed with the loathsome disease. But rather than focus on the often devastating effects of cancer, National Cancer Survivors Day® honors those who have beaten cancer and those who are fighting it right now! What is National Cancer Survivors Day? ...

May 30 is World MS Day

Around the globe, approximately 2.3 million people live with multiple sclerosis (MS), although that number could be much higher because it’s likely that many people with MS remain undiagnosed in certain parts of the world; in the United States, about 200 new cases diagnosed each week. To bring the MS community together, raise awareness, share ...

When Should I Hire A Disability Advocate?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition that is affecting your ability to maintain employment, you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or perhaps you’ve already begun the process. Either way, you may be wondering if and when is the right time to hire a disability advocate. The short answer is, any time is ...

Does Vertigo Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Many people’s familiarity with vertigo begins and ends with the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic of the same name. Because the film Vertigo featured a character whose condition was triggered by heights, they incorrectly assume vertigo is the fear of heights (which is acrophobia) or even the fear of falling (which is basophobia). But vertigo is its ...

What’s the Difference Between Activity Limitation and Participation Restriction

When it comes to determining disability, there are a lot of factors. These factors play a significant role in your ability to receive Social Security disability benefits. One aspect of disability an administrative law judge (ALJ) and others involved in the approval process will look at is activity limitation versus participation restriction. So ...

April is National Autism Awareness Month

We hear a lot about autism, and the media—putting out movies like Rain Man and the more recent The Accountant—have helped give some attention to it for better or worse. The fact remains, many people simply don’t understand autism, despite the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reporting that approximately 1 in 59 children has an autism spectrum ...

6 Reasons Your Doctor Is Important In Your Application For Disability Benefits

Everyone should have a good doctor, but this becomes especially important when applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). When applying for benefits, you will need to provide evidence demonstrating that you have been unable to work for at least the past year. If your primary care doctor can corroborate this ...

International Purple Day for Epilepsy

What do Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Agatha Christie, and Adam Horovitz from the Beastie Boys have in common? They have all been diagnosed with epilepsy. That’s just one of the goals of Purple Day: to raise awareness of epilepsy and dispel common myths. After all, it is estimated that 50 million people around the globe suffer from epilepsy, with ...

What to Expect From a Vocational Expert on Your Social Security Case

There are very few things that government agencies do without a lot of confusing paperwork (or online forms). The Social Security Administration (SSA) is no different. For people with disabilities, filing your application for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income is of paramount importance. Qualifying can enable individuals ...

How to File for Residual Functional Capacity

The Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) is a form that is filled out by your doctor. This form explains your ability—or inability—to perform work-related tasks, and find and maintain employment. As a matter of fact, this form is informally known as the “Ability to Do Work Related Activity” form. To be awarded Social Security Disability, you need to ...

Will Writing a Dire Needs Letter Help My Disability Case?

Obtaining disability benefits can be very challenging. Reports show that more than 50% of disability claims are denied on the initial attempt, making the experience very frustrating for those who truly in need. Complicating matters, it’s up to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSD) ...

5 Best Cities for People with Disabilities

Looking for a new home in a new city, perhaps away from the support of friends and family, can make even the most independent person nervous. If you are a person with a disability, this anxiety can be compounded by a list of factors. People who are disabled often have to consider not just public transportation, but the accessibility of facilities, ...

Does Social Security Cover Nursing Home Costs?

For many Americans approaching retirement age, it’s a very real worry: Will there be enough in Social Security to cover my needs? How can I get the most to support myself? And what about my spouse? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles that address these concerns, and usually they involve an enormous amount of trepidation and volumes ...

Which Neurological Disorders Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 1 billion people—nearly one in six of the world’s population—suffer from a neurological disorder. Defined as a disease of the brain, spine, and the nerves that connect them, neurological disorders come in many forms. The most common adult-onset neurological disorders are as follows: Stoke ...

Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled, Part 2

When it comes to movies, people with disabilities are rarely seen. So, when a film depicting a disabled individual comes around, no matter the disability, we like to highlight it. Be sure to check out part one of this series, and take a look at a few more covered below. Soul Surfer (2011) Soul Surfer follows Bethany Hamilton, a teen who loved to ...

Will My Social Security Benefits Continue During the Government Shutdown?

As the government shutdown wears on, many Americans who are on Social Security disability or retirement benefits are becoming increasingly worried. Shutdowns since 1980 have lasted, on average, five and a half days, making them of little concern to recipients; however, the current government shutdown is now the longest in our country’s history ...

Statements That Hurt Your Social Security Disability Hearing

In our recent blog 8 Tips to Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, we said that honesty is always the best policy. We also recommended that you don’t overshare, e.g. bringing up a criminal record or a history of drug abuse if you’re not asked about it. If you are asked, it’s not grounds for dismissal and it’s likely they will find out ...

Are There Changes To The Medicaid Work Requirement in Florida?

Since 1965, Medicaid has been helping families on welfare, low-income seniors, disabled individuals, pregnant women, and newborns by providing a form of health coverage. Under President Obama, Medicaid was expanded, allowing states to cover millions more low-income adults. Today, this federal-state collaboration covers more than 70 million ...

How the ADA Helps Protect Your Job

Many people believe that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is focused mainly on preventing discrimination for those with disabilities seeking employment. What they may not realize is that ADA legislation is also there to provide job security to those who become disabled while already employed, whether the disability is job-related or not. ...

Remembering President George H.W. Bush and the Signing of the ADA

For most people who are unburdened by physical and mental challenges, July 26, 1990 was a day like any other. But for an estimated 55 million Americans at that time, it was a historic day that changed their lives forever. On that day, President George H.W. Bush sat down at a desk on a stage that had been erected on the White House lawn. Surrounded ...

4 Hidden Costs of Living in a Nursing Home

Deciding whether to put a family member in an assisted living or nursing home facility is never an easy choice. It can mark a time in a person’s life that many are afraid to acknowledge. So, it only makes sense that, if it must be done, your grandparents, parents, or other family member receives the best care possible. One of the more costly ...

Can I Get Disability for Depression?

Depression is a mental illness that leaves many feeling helpless, useless, and stuck, going far beyond feelings of sadness. The debilitating effects for a person with depression can keep them in bed for days, ignoring basic hygiene and daily activities, and heavily impacting their work and personal relationships. While a stigma still remains ...

Treatment of Disability Around the World: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

According to World Health Organization and World Bank figures, about 1 billion people—15% of the world’s population—are disabled. With that in mind, the United Nations held the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities in 2006. At the convention, held in New York City, a human rights treaty was presented, designed to protect the rights ...

Do I Have to File Taxes While Receiving Disability Benefits?

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 ...

Will Unemployment Benefits Affect My Social Security Benefits?

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. Top 7 Questions ...

8 Tips to Winning Your Social Security Disability Case

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 ...

5 Super Successful People With Disabilities, Part 2

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 ...

Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled, Part 1

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 ...

Difficulties the Hearing Impaired Face Every Day

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. 1. Public ...

Top Trending Disability Topics Right Now

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. H.R. 620: ADA ...

Tips for Traveling with a Disability

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. Consult ...

How a Ban on Plastic Straws Hurts the Disabled

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 ...

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

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 ...

What Are My Rights as a Disabled Employee?

  The federal American With Disability Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, making it illegal for employers, including private, state and local government, and labor organizations, to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. This doesn’t just apply to hiring practices—it also includes recruitment, promotions, training, type ...

Can I Get Short-Term Disability for Maternity Leave?

Unlike most other developed countries, the United States does not have a mandatory maternity law on a national level (a handful of states do, but Florida is not one of them). While many companies have taken it upon themselves to offer some form of paid maternity leave, many others have not. So what is a new mom to do? Often, they must rely on ...

Five Super Successful People With Disabilities, Part 1

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! From art to ...

What Are the Laws Regarding Emotional Support Animals?

Have you heard about Pebbles, the emotional support hamster? Or Dexter the peacock? What about Hobie the pig? If not, we’ll look at these cases in a bit. But the fact is, the number of people claiming their pet constitutes an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) has risen in recent years, causing lawmakers and business owners to suspect that many are ...

Can Medical Marijuana Hurt My Disability Case?

The use of medicinal marijuana is becoming more common around the country, with 27 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico all having some form of medicinal marijuana acceptance laws with a doctor’s recommendation. Eight states now even have full legalization. However, despite its growing acceptance, marijuana is still considered a ...

I May Qualify for Disability But Can’t Afford to See a Doctor

Physical and mental disability can leave people struggling to make ends meet, making applying for disability benefits a necessity for many Americans. However, without a doctor’s endorsement, obtaining Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits can be difficult. Unfortunately, disability leaves many individuals unable to secure work ...

Does the Omnibus Bill Affect My Disability Payment?

Omnibus. It sounds ominous, right? But it makes sense. Derived from Latin and meaning "for everything," the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill covers everything from border walls to baseball. Approved by congress and signed by President Trump in March, the omnibus bill (officially known as the Consolidations Appropriations Act) still left many ...

Can I Get Social Security Disability With COPD?

  There wasn’t a whole lot of talk about COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, until recently. Now, commercials for COPD medications and treatment consume the airwaves; Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac, right Boomers? But for many, we’re wondering what is COPD, who is affected by it, and is Social Security Disability available for those ...

How You Can Support the Parents of a Special Needs Child

What are the right words? Which are the wrong ones? What can I do—and what shouldn’t I do? If you have a friend or loved one who is the parent of a special needs child, these are all questions you may be asking yourself. While some people seem to have that natural ability to always know how to respond or react in any given situation, others ...

Stopping Abuse of the Disabled—and Knowing the Signs

As advocates for the disabled, we work tirelessly every day to ensure their well-being and future security. But unfortunately, cases of abuse happen all too frequently—and these are only the ones that we know about. Abuse can happen in a home situation, by a parent, child, or partner. But it can also happen in a special care facility, where we may ...

How to Qualify for Disability in Florida

The American Community Survey (ACS) reports that approximately 12.8 percent of the American population suffers from some sort of disability. Focusing on Florida, that number jumps to 13.7 percent (although the Sunshine State hardly tops the list; that would be West Virginia, at nearly 20 percent). But when it comes to applying for disability, it’s ...

Disability Statistics in America: Here are the Numbers

While progress has been gradual, life for Americans with disabilities has been improving. Laws have been enacted to provide protection; benefits are being provided; housing is becoming equal; and proper public accommodations are being offered. But with the United States Census Bureau reporting that nearly one in five Americans is disabled, we ...

Can I Continue to Receive SSDI Outside of the U.S.?

While many people around the world continue to look toward America as the land of opportunity, others are considering making a temporary or even permanent move.  While the current political climate is often to blame (Royal LePage, Canada's largest realtor, reported a 40 percent increase in the number of Americans looking at homes on its website in ...

5 Ways to Help a Loved One Suffering From Agoraphobia

Fighting your way through a busy mall. Waiting in line for a sold-out show. Stepping into a crowded elevator. For you, these situations are nothing unusual; it’s just going about your day-to-day life. But for someone suffering from agoraphobia, these everyday occurrences can cause crushing chest pain, rapid heart rate, disorientation, and an ...

Helping a Friend or Loved One Suffering from Alzheimer's Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, communication, and thought processes among patients. The disease can, therefore, be very difficult to deal with for both patients and their loved ones. Patients often are characterized as having dementia, a group of symptoms that affect mental cognitive functions, as brain ...

Can I Receive Disability if I Have Been Convicted of a Felony?

When you apply for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically will want to know more about your current situation so they can determine your eligibility. An application will contain requests for birth records, employment history, educational background, medical records, and criminal records. You may be ...

A Closer Look at Compassionate Allowances and Disability Benefits

The primary goal of the Social Security Disability benefits program is to provide benefits to disabled Americans who need it the most and in a timely fashion. While there are many different disabilities that people struggle with on a daily basis, there also are some severely disabling conditions that warrant patients to receive assistance as soon ...

Can You Receive Disability Benefits for Psoriasis?

Many people regard having a skin condition as an annoyance or hindrance to looking flawless. However, if you suffer from a skin condition, you probably know that the reality is far different and more serious. Beyond aesthetics, psoriasis often causes the skin around joints, such as elbows and knees, to become white and scaly. The skin also can ...

Helping a Friend or Loved One Suffering from a Chronic Illness

If you have been around people with chronic illnesses, you probably have an idea of their daily struggles. These conditions can interfere with one’s independence and their ability to carry out physical activities. They can also lead to changes in one’s overall appearance due to their health condition. Furthermore, the adjustments to one’s ...

What to Do (and Not Do) for Income While Awaiting Disability

In addition to awaiting approval, there also is a mandatory waiting period of five months for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) after your application is approved. During this waiting period, you will not receive any SSDI payments for your application. Qualifying for disability assistance also is very competitive; only 35% of ...

Can You Receive Disability Benefits for Asthma?

If you have been diagnosed with asthma, you have likely experienced the harmfulness and discomfort that is associated with asthma attacks. The shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness can greatly interfere with your daily activities. In some cases, you may experience symptoms that are so severe that you need to make frequent ...

Can I Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits at the Same Time?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs two separate programs that provide disabled persons with financial assistance on a monthly basis. The first program, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), is aimed at providing assistance to individuals who can no longer work due to any medical conditions that are expected to last for at least ...

What's the Penalty for Committing Social Security Benefits Fraud?

What's the Penalty for Committing Fraud When Applying for Social Security Benefits? For four years Between 1999 and 2002, veteran Anthony Patrick Stanford had regularly reported pain in his ankles and wrists, which made doctors issue him with a mechanical wheelchair after performing various surgeries. As a result of his disability, Stanford ...

Am I Eligible for Benefits From a Pregnancy-Related Disability?

Pregnancy and childbirth are beautiful acts of nature, and a truly rewarding experience. As a result, most mothers go through a roller-coaster of emotions from the time they learn that they are pregnant to the time they conceive. The top concern for a mother during pregnancy is the health of herself and her baby. In some unfortunate cases, ...

The Top 5 Questions About Social Security Benefits Answered

After paying into the system for so many years, many retirees are eager to know how to navigate through Social Security and begin receiving their benefits. However, understanding the specifics about Social Security benefits can be a challenging and confusing process. There are multiple factors that go into your determining your benefits, including ...

SSDI vs SSI: What's the Difference and For Which Do I Qualify?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) operates two programs that are aimed at providing assistance to disabled Americans. If you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working, you can qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. SSDI provides benefits to individuals who can ...

[FAQ] Can you get Disability Benefits for Type I or Type II Diabetes?

Disability benefits are normally given to persons with an impairment that is so severe, that it prevents them from participating in any substantial gainful activity. A diagnosis of diabetes in itself does not lead to the granting of disability benefits. However, cases of diabetes can lead to other bodily complications such as damage to the nerves, ...

Guidelines When Applying for SSI While Homeless

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is issued to any person who meets the SSA guidelines for disability and income and resource requirements. People with low income and assets amounting to less than $2000 can typically qualify for SSI if they are disabled. Homeless persons are entitled to the same application processes as other applicants for SSI. ...

What are the Requirements for a Children's Disability Application vs. an Adult?

Disability benefits are typically viewed as applying to only the elderly or other injured adults. However, children are also susceptible to getting disabilities. In fact, in 2013 alone, over 1 million children who were themselves disabled or had disabled parents received monthly disability payments. SSI vs. SSDI for Children Children often qualify ...

3 Important Guidelines to Follow When You're Qualified for Disability Benefits

Receiving disability benefits can be likened to running a marathon, where applying and being accepted for benefits is the first lap of a long race. Applying for disability benefits is a lengthy and often stressful process. So once you receive that acceptance letter, it can be a great sigh of relief. Only 35% of applications are accepted by the ...

In Social Security Cases, Timing is Everything! Learn Why Here:

Due to the vast number of disability applications that are filed, it is important for applicants to adhere to the timelines that are set by the SSA for filing disability appeals. In fact, only about 36% of disability applications are approved by the SSA. In order to improve the chances of getting your appeal reviewed favorably, you should be aware ...

What if Social Security Tells me They're Going to Cut off my Disability Benefits?

In order to ascertain that recipients of disability benefits are truly and permanently disabled, the SSA continuously reviews your medical condition as well as your ability to work so as to assess whether you should continue to receive benefits. Disability benefits are only granted to individuals who have an impairment that prevents them from ...

Can I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits with Cancer?

A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing experience for many patients. Depending on the type of cancer you have and how it impacts your overall health, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits from the SSA. There are certain specific criteria through which the SSA determines your eligibility for disability benefits if you have cancer. ...

How Does the SSA Determine Whether or Not You're Capable of Earning a Living?

When you apply for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration follows a process through which it determines whether or not you’re capable of earning a living. This will be the major determining factor when they evaluate your application for disability benefits. To assist the SSA in determining your ability to work, they follow a ...

Understanding the important role of FICA in Social Security Disability Benefits

FICA stands for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. Simply put, it is a tax provision that funds the Social Security Disability program, among other federal programs. It is operated by the IRS, and employees pay into this tax pool in order to facilitate the administration of Social Security disability benefits and other critical federal ...

Can I Apply for Social Security Disability with Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person experience pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during their sleep. It often arises due to one being unable to maintain a constant airflow through their nose and mouth, causing shortness of breath. A person may stop breathing for up to 30 seconds at a time, and this may happen regularly throughout the ...

Veterans and Disability Benefits: What are my Social Security Disability Options?

There are several circumstances under which veterans can qualify for social security disability benefits. These benefits could be in addition to any compensation they are receiving from the VA. In order for veterans to qualify for disability benefits from the SSA, they have to have a disability that prevens them from participating in any ...

Best Practices for Social Security Disability Cases: Compliance With Your Doctors Treatment & Medication Recommendations

The main basis of a social security disability claim is the presence of an impairment that prevents you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity. In order for the SSA to approve your disability claim,it must be convinced that you have sought after all types of treatment in your power for your medical condition. In attempting to prove the ...

Can I Qualify for Disability Benefits with Chronic Back Pain?

Chronic back pain can be caused by many different spinal factors, ranging from degenerative discs to inflammatory conditions. When seeking disability benefits for chronic back pain, your application ultimately comes down to establishing a medically determinable condition, the functional limitations of your back problem and the credibility of your ...

[Infographic] Myths and Facts About the Social Security Disability Program

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How Much Can You Work When Receiving SSDI or SSI Disability Benefits?

There are several requirements that the SSA has put in place for working while receiving disability benefits. SSDI and SSI disability benefits are normally granted on the basis that your disability is severe enough that it prevents you from participating in any substantial gainful activity—such as working. The general rule is that if you are ...

Does Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Automatically Forgive my Student Loans?

Disability benefits are normally granted to individuals who suffer from a physical or mental impairment that prevents them from participating in most forms of work or any substantial gainful activity. Because persons receiving such benefits are unable to work productively, they may also be eligible for student loan forgiveness. Therefore, ...

4 Levels of Disability Appeals: Reconsideration, Hearing, Council, Court

In certain circumstances, applications for social security disability and SSI claims can be denied by the SSA. The applicant, however, has the right to appeal this decision. The disability appeals process has 4 different stages: reconsideration, hearing,  Appeals council and court. Each of these stages is explained in more detail below. ...

How Much do You Really Know About the SSI Program?

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a program run by the Social Security Administration that offers benefits to people with limited financial resources, people living with disabilities, people unable to work due to medical conditions, and disabled or blind children of people with limited resources. The SSI program can be complicated ...

Prepare for Your Disability Interview with These 6 Questions

Facing disability is always a very stressful time in someone’s life. According to the SSA, the risks of becoming disabled are increasing steadily, with about 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year olds likely to become disabled by age 67. It is, therefore, crucial for you to understand the process of applying for disability benefits, as well as to be in a ...

Collecting Social Security Benefits and Unemployment Benefits

Persons who are temporarily out of work due to circumstances beyond their control can apply for unemployment benefits. Eligibility for unemployment benefits is determined by several factors, which include prior earnings, difficulty or inability to get new work and your availability. Specifics on these requirements may vary from state to state, but ...

How Will a Government Hiring Freeze Affect My Disability Case/Appeal?

If you’ve been following the news stories over the last few months, then you may have some concerns about what will happen to Social Security in the near future. With the current administration proposing to make changes to Medicaid funding and looking to cut Federal operating budgets, staffing cuts seem likely. In late January, President Trump ...

How Retirement Affects Social Security Disability Benefits

Did you know that last year over 65,000 people over the age of 65 were eligible for their Social Security benefits? When the time comes to hang your work boots and call it quits, it is only normal to want to know if you will be taken care of. According to statistics, many people from their early 50s tend to develop health complications that force ...

Will the Social Security System Run Out of Money Soon?

Every now and again, you might hear a news story or a politician talking about the Social Security program and how it’s going to run out of money soon. Sometimes, pundits will make the claim that Social Security is draining resources from the government (which is patently untrue—Social Security is funded by a payroll deduction that’s completely ...

Everything You Need to Know to File a Disability Claim for SSI or SSDI

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs help millions of Americans every year. These programs give people who suffer from disabling long-term conditions much-needed financial support. However, before you file for either of these programs, there are a few things you’re going to need to know, ...

Disability Benefits by the Numbers in the USA

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs help millions of people with disabilities in the USA provide for themselves and their families. To help put the importance of these Social Security programs into perspective, here are a few numbers about disability benefits in the USA*: 10,237,204 This ...

In Florida, what is Required to Apply for SSI?

Almost everyone knows about the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. However, fewer people are as familiar with the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSI program helps to cover the gaps in the Social Security retirement and disability programs, and is often used by ...

What’s the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?

A lot of people ask about the differences between Medicare and Medicaid. These two government programs are often mentioned together and both provide basic healthcare benefits. So, it’s only natural that there’d be some confusion about the difference between the two. Medicare Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage to you if ...

Social Security’s Representative Payee Program: What You Should Know

You may have heard about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Representative Payee Program, but not know much about it yet, such as: What it is; Who it’s for; How you can participate; and What the rules are. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at this SSA program and, hopefully, answer some of the bigger questions you might have about ...

3 Steps to Take to Qualify for and Receive a Handicap Tag in Florida

There are many disabilities and long-term injuries that can make getting around incredibly difficult. Some conditions are so severe they require the use of bulky wheelchairs, walkers, or other specialized equipment. Others may need to stop to rest too frequently to cover the distance from the back of a parking to the business’ doors. This is why ...

How Much Money Do You Get When You Qualify for Disability in Florida?

One of the most frequently-asked (and important) questions many Floridians have about their disability benefits claim is “how much money will I get when I qualify for disability in Florida?” This is an important piece of information to know when planning out your household budget. After all, if you’re not sure how much you’ll get in disability ...

Some Important Truths About the Social Security Disability Program

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a key support for many disabled American workers who can no longer do the work they used to rely on to provide for themselves and their families. However, there are many things about this program that many people simply don’t know. Knowing as much as possible about the Social Security ...

How Can Living Arrangements Affect My SSI Payments?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Social Security program that can help disabled Americans who cannot qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of their work history meet their basic financial needs. While not as robust as SSDI, SSI provides a vital support for many Americans in need of a stable source of income. ...

4 Most Common Mistakes Disability Applicants Make & How to Avoid Them

Filing for disability with the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be a massive burden for many. For the recently disabled, the challenges in simply adjusting to life with a disabling condition can be tough enough without adding the struggles of dealing with a massive, overloaded bureaucracy to the list. Unfortunately, all too many disability ...

Is There a Caregiving Crisis for People with Disability Benefits?

According to a study by AARP, “nearly 40 million Americans in 2014 were providing unpaid care to people who are older, disabled, or otherwise in need of assistance.”  Worse yet, “by 2020, 117 million Americans are expected to need assistance of some kind, yet the overall number of unpaid caregivers is only expected to reach 45 million.” That’s ...

[New Guide] Disability Benefits After Retirement in Florida

  Social Security can be a confusing program to deal with at times. There are so many different organizations and programs to deal with that it’s all too easy to get lost in the system. Think about it: not only do you have to deal with the Social Security Administration (SSA), you have to contend with different state-level organizations, such as ...

Can You Receive Disability Benefits for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease, or AD, can be a terrifying condition to live with. The disease is well-known for its effects on senior citizens over the age of 65—the loss of cognitive functions such as memory, language, and judgment which make it progressively harder and harder to cope each and every day. According to statistics from the Alzheimer’s ...

Florida Disability FAQs: What if My Condition Isn’t in the Blue Book?

If you’re familiar with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, then you probably know a few basics about how it helps disabled workers support themselves and their families. You may also know about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) blue book that details the specific conditions that can qualify for disability. The blue ...

Who Can Claim Social Security Benefits on Your Earnings Record?

Normally, when you sign up for Social Security benefits of any kind, you’re making the application based on your own work history and earnings. However, in some cases, you may be able to claim benefits based on someone else’s Social Security Eanings Record. This begs the question: If you could collect benefits based on someone else’s work history, ...

How Do Social Security Benefits Help American Workers?

Social Security is one of the most prevalent lifelines available to American workers. According to statistics from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Understanding the Benefits publication, “about 60 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits.” These benefits take many forms, from retirement benefits, to disability ...

Why Was Social Security Created in the First Place?

For many Americans, Social Security is the final defense against total poverty when they can no longer work because of old age or disability. But, how did Social Security get its start, and why? Going Back to Before Social Security While Social Security was officially signed into law in 1935, the history of change that led up to the creation of ...

What Are Social Security Survivors Benefits, and How do they Work?

The topic of how your loved ones will be able to support themselves if you die is not a pleasant one. It can be difficult to know that one day, you might not be there for your spouse or child anymore. Most of the time, when talking about how you can support your family if you pass on, you’d be talking about life insurance (which is a good idea if ...

How to Prepare for Filing a Disability Benefits Claim

Becoming disabled is a terrible and difficult ordeal. To lose the ability to do the things you once could, the things you once enjoyed, is a terrible burden. Adjusting to this change takes time—but you still need to pay the bills and take care of yourself and your family. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income ...

8 Reasons Social Security Disability Claims Are Rejected

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a great program to help individuals who have been disabled by illness, injury, or other traumas to the point of being unable to work. SSDI income helps people pay their bills and stay afloat during times of great need. However, not every disability claim is accepted at first. There are times where the ...

Are You Eligible for SSI in Florida?

Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is an alternative program to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). For individuals who cannot qualify for SSDI because of the work history requirement, SSI can provide much-needed financial assistance. However, before you can receive SSI benefits in Florida, there are a number of conditions that you ...

How to Find the Right Disability Advocate in Florida

If you’re looking for help filing for disability in Florida, you might be wondering how you can find the right person to be your advocate. The answer begins with knowing: What to Look for in a Disability Advocate Your disability advocate should be someone who has the experience, dedication, and resources to help you deal with the Social Security ...

Receiving Social Security Benefits While Living Outside the USA

Is it possible to live abroad and still receive Social Security benefits? This is a question that we get a lot here at the Disability Experts of Florida office. To answer the above question, YES, you CAN receive Social Security benefits while living outside of the United States. However, there are some things you need to know about first: ...

SSA Update: Criteria for Evaluating Mental Disorders

For a long time, qualifying for disability based on a mental disorder has been difficult. Psychological issues don’t usually have physically verifiable symptoms that can be checked in a physical exam. The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) criteria for evaluating mental disorders can be very strict, requiring: Thorough documentation of a ...

Can Cancer Qualify You for Disability Benefits?

Here’s a question that we hear a lot at the Disability Experts of Florida office: “Can I qualify for disability benefits because of cancer?” The short answer is “Yes, you can qualify for disability because of cancer.” However, just because cancer can qualify you for disability benefits doesn’t mean you will qualify if you have cancer. Like with ...

Learn About Work History and Applying for Disability in Retirement

Applying for disability after retirement can be tough. There are numerous regulatory hurdles to get through in a disability claim under normal circumstances—such as verifying your work history and whether or not your condition qualifies for disability. If you’re approaching retirement age and become disabled, it may be better for you to apply for ...

How Does Moving out of State Affect My Disability Benefits?

Planning on moving out of state, but you’re unsure how that will affect your disability benefits? This can certainly be a tad confusing and unnerving since these benefits are a lifeline to your financial and emotional health. It all boils down to whether you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance ...

Disability Benefits: A Breakdown by the Numbers in Florida

The Social Security Administration has been a vital resource for many Americans suffering a medically disabling condition or for those who are no longer able to financially support themselves. While there are other disability benefit providers, the programs offered by the Social Security Administration are the largest and are awarded to those who ...

Why Social Security Disability Protects You Against Life's Challenges

Life is full of challenges, and they often happen at the most inconvenient times in your life. They tend to occur when you are in the middle of a financial lull or are financially unprepared to handle them. The Social Security Administration was designed to protect you against some of the challenges you may face in life. This government ...

How Family Members Are Qualified for Disability Benefits

Suffering from a disabling medical condition can be stressful and an overall painful experience. It can interfere with your ability to provide a sustainable income for you and for your family which may leave you feeling humiliated or insecure. Unfortunately, family members may miss out on disability benefits that they are eligible for based on ...

Your Disability Benefits After Retirement [In 150 Words]

According to the Social Security Administration, 14,116 individuals were receiving disability benefits and are under the full retirement age, 65, this past July 2016. But, what happens to those disability benefits once you retire? This is such a common question that the SSA has a FAQ page specifically designed to help clarify it, stating: “Social ...

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for Chronic Heart Failure

Suffering from a disabling medical condition can leave you in a state of hopelessness and often unable to earn a sustainable income. Fortunately, that is the entire purpose of the Social Security Administration’s disability benefit programs, including: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) While these ...

3 Things about Disability Benefits and Retirement in Florida

This past July 2016 there were 65,636 total Social Security beneficiaries including individuals that were 65 or older, disabled and under age 65 and those who met other criteria for SS benefits. The Social Security Administration has varying qualifying criteria to be considered eligible for disability benefits and retirement benefits.  If you are ...

5 Common Disabilities for SSA Benefits

If you’ve ever applied for Social Security Disability benefits, then you know how challenging the process can be. One of the Social Security Administration’s requirements for disability benefit eligibility is that you suffer from a medically qualifying disability as listed in their Blue Book. The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book is a ...

Top 10 Resources Available to Learn About Disabilities

If you have ever thought about applying for disability benefits in Florida, there are some things you need to know. For example, in order to qualify for either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must suffer from a medically disabling condition as listed in the Social Security Administration’s ...

5 More Things to Know About Before Applying for Disability

Applying for disability benefits in the state of Florida can be a tough decision for someone to make. Often times the application process is convoluted and the Social Security Administration uses some complex text or jargon. However, if you have decided to apply for disability benefits, there are some things you should know or think about prior to ...

Can I Receive Disability Benefits for High Blood Pressure?

Many people who apply for Social Security disability benefits underestimate the complex process and qualifications the Social Security Administration has detailed. Typically, for an individual to qualify for disability benefits, SSI or SSDI, he or she must meet a few eligibility requirements. One of the qualifications to receive disability ...

Disability Benefits Celebrates 60 Years!

Disability benefits have helped many Americans have a good quality of life despite their financial and disabling circumstances. For those of you who were unaware, the Social Security Act was signed by President Roosevelt in 1935. This initial Act was a means to provide security to those who were financially unable to provide for themselves and ...

What You Need to Know about Qualifying for Disability Benefits

The Social Security Administration has been known to have complex and detailed processes when it comes to applying and continuing to receive disability. There are two types of disability benefits you may qualify for, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI); while they have two main differences, as ...

Substance Addiction and Disability in Florida

Many people suffer from an addiction of some sort—exercise, caffeine, food etc. Too much of something is rarely healthy for anyone. While the majority of drug addictions develop from social experimentation, many people can develop an addiction to substances, such as painkillers that were prescribed by a licensed physician to treat their pain. ...

Can You Get SSI Benefits for ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, has affected many adults and is more commonly diagnosed during a person’s childhood. In 2011, nearly 11% of 4-17-year-old children were medically diagnosed with ADHD. This disorder is predominantly diagnosed in children due to their lack of concentration and focus in school and chaotic or ...

Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children

If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and have children, then your children would meet the income and resource requirements for SSI and could receive benefits if they were determined to be disabled. On the other hand, how does the SSI disability program work for a child who is suffering from a qualified disabling medical ...

How to Educate Yourself About Social Security Benefits

The Social Security Administration originated in 1935 to provide benefits to workers upon their retirement. Since the first Social Security tax was collected, it has developed a myriad of programs including Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. With the SSA’s programs growing to meet the needs of an advancing ...

Identity Theft: An Update on Disability Application Scammers

Suffering from a medically disabling condition is not an ideal situation for anyone, and applying for disability benefits while suffering from these often excruciating conditions can be challenging, stressful and painful. However, falling prey to identity theft on top of enduring a disabling condition is even more of a challenge with additional ...

5 Key Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits in Florida

As the southernmost peninsular state in the U.S., Florida has been coined as the “Sunshine State.” Between east and west coast beaches and plenty of theme parks, Florida has a happy reputation for sun and fun. However, if you’re suffering from a medically disabling condition in Florida, it may not seem so sunny. 5 Florida Facts about Social ...

How Does the Affordable Care Act Affect Disability Insurance?

In 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. This Act played a pivotal role in the healthcare industry— from self-insured individuals and businesses to healthcare providers and insurances.   As a result of the Affordable Care Act, there were some major changes in healthcare, including: Improving health-care quality and ...

How SSDI Work Credits are Earned [In 150 Words]

SSDI benefits and SSDI work credits are essentially dependent on each other. You can only accrue these credits through working and those credits are a part of the Social Security Administration’s formula for calculating your SSDI benefit amount. How are SSDI Work Credits Earned? The answer to how you can earn SSDI work credits is seemingly simple— ...

How Many Work Credits Do I Need for SSDI Eligibility?

How many work credits do you need in order to be eligible for SSDI benefits? The answer actually varies; however, in order to understand how many work credits you will need for SSDI eligibility, you need to understand how your SSA work credits are earned. Social Security Disability Insurance is essentially an insurance program for workers who pay ...

The Red Book- Work Incentives for Social Security Disability Insurance

Receipt of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits from the Social Security Administration is based on a few things. Some of their basic requirements include whether your disabling medical condition is listed in the SSA Blue Book and the severity of how your condition interferes with your ability to perform your typical work tasks. ...

Historical Changes in the SSA and Disability Benefits Programs

As you may know, the Social Security Administration formed in 1935 and has continued to progress with new programs while updating their existing ones. The Social Security Administration is an umbrella to many programs that help to provide and support those who are no longer able to with programs including: Supplemental Security Income Social ...

Why Choose a Disability Advocate to Handle Your Social Security Claim?

Are you suffering from a disabling condition preventing you from working? If you are but aren’t sure if your condition qualifies you for receiving Social Security Disability benefits, you can refer to the Social Security’s Blue Book which details which medical conditions qualify you to receive disability benefits. If searching through their Blue ...

What's New with Disability Benefits in Tampa?

The Social Security Administration is an umbrella to a variety of benefit programs for thousands of Americans. Each year, new legislation passes and the Social Security Administration’s benefit programs adjust accordingly. Many times, the changes can go unnoticed leaving you vulnerable to unexpected benefit reductions or income misrepresentations. ...