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Can You Receive SSI and SSDI At The Same Time?

The Social Security Administration calls it current benefits when someone qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits simultaneously. So, the answer is that you can receive SSI and SSDI at the same time, but your SSDI benefits may reduce how much you receive from SSI. You could even be ...

Will I Get My SSDI Check Early This Month?

When you are disabled and unable to work, paying living expenses becomes a challenge. Fortunately, the monthly disability benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance program help you meet the challenge. With so much at stake, it’s understandable to want to know when to expect your disability payment each month. You may even if hoping ...

Is IBS Considered A Disability? Does IBS Qualify For Disability Benefits?

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, afflicts as many as 45 million people Americans. IBS can cause debilitating symptoms brought on by alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. If you cannot work because of symptoms brought on by IBS, you may qualify for disability benefits through one of the disability programs of the Social Security ...

Is Dyslexia A Learning Disability? Does Dyslexia Qualify For Disability Benefits?

Dyslexia is a learning disability affecting a person’s ability to read, write, and speak. It is estimated that about 15% of the United States population has the disorder. If you or your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, it's essential to know that disability benefits may be available. However, it's crucial to understand that the application ...

Is Scoliosis A Disability? Does Scoliosis Qualify For Disability Benefits?

Scoliosis, a medical condition causing an abnormal spinal curvature, affects approximately 7 million people in the United States. Some people diagnosed with the disorder may live unaffected by the condition. However, severe scoliosis causes severe pain and changes in posture, limiting a person’s ability to work and live a normal life. If you have ...

Is High-Functioning Autism Considered A Disability?

Children and adults struggling to meet the day-to-day challenges of autism spectrum disorders may need financial assistance when they are unable to work because of the disorder. The Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs are available through the Social Security Administration for those who qualify for ...

What Disabilities Qualify For Vocational Rehabilitation?

Adjusting to living with a disability that prevents you from working is never easy. If you qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs, those same disabilities may qualify for vocational rehabilitation. Many people with disabilities want to return to work, but they may ...

Will Recipients Receive A Fourth Stimulus Check?

If you receive Supplemental Security Income benefits, don’t be fooled by a flood of videos and posts on social media sites promising a fourth stimulus check. The posts are a cruel hoax used to get people to view the videos and click on the websites posting the false information. Disability Experts of Florida understand how SSI recipients' limited ...

How Much Disability Can You Get For Depression And Anxiety?

Millions of people struggle with depression and anxiety, causing them to lose interest in personal and work activities. They are mood disorders that may become so debilitating as to prevent a person from working and earning a living. If you or someone close to you struggles with depression and anxiety, monthly disability benefits may be available ...

How Much Would I Receive In SSI Disability?

The financial struggles caused by being unable to work because of a disability can be overwhelming. The Supplemental Security Income program administered by the Social Security Administration provides a monthly cash payment for food, shelter, and other necessities. SSI disability benefits can make life easier for adults and children with ...

How Long Does It Take To Change Your SSI Payee?

When someone qualifies for disability benefits and has difficulty managing their money, a representative payee can be appointed to assist them. In fact, more than eight million people who receive SSI benefits and disability or retirement benefits through Social Security need the assistance of representative payees. Payees have the legal authority ...

When Will Disability Checks Be Deposited For March & April 2024?

Knowing when will disability be deposited for March 2024 and subsequent months is an essential consideration when managing household expenses while disabled. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has established payment schedules that are relatively easy to figure out and follow. The first thing you need to know to determine the schedule ...

Social Security Disability Benefits Pay Chart For 2024

If you receive Social Security disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance programs, your monthly payment will increase in 2024. The reason is a 3.2% cost-of-living adjustment that went into effect with the January benefit payment. It can be challenging to keep track of monthly disability ...

When Will Disability Checks Be Deposited for January & February 2024?

If you receive disability benefits, budgeting monthly bills can be challenging unless you know when the Social Security Administration deposits your monthly benefit payment. Asking someone when they receive their benefit payments may not be helpful. The payment schedule varies depending on whether you receive benefits through the Supplemental ...

Does Diabetes Qualify For Disability Benefits?

Do you have diabetes – or suspect that you might? If so, you probably already know that this condition can limit your ability to work regularly and enjoy many of the normal activities of everyday life. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be experiencing significant financial stress – and that's understandable. As a result, you might be ...

What Are the Rules for Working While on SSDI?

The prospect of returning to work when you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits may seem slim. But many SSDI recipients do recover enough from their disabling impairment to attempt to perform some work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has established rules and programs to support individuals who wish to work ...

What Disabilities Qualify for Medicare when You're Under 65?

The Social Security Administration distributes payments to individuals throughout the country on a very definite schedule. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, knowing exactly when your money will be deposited is essential to your daily activities. This blog post explains exactly how the government schedules your SSI ...

Top 10 Reasons Short-Term Disability Can Be Denied

When an illness or other type of medical condition prevents you from working, short-term disability benefits can replace lost wages. Unless you work in a state with a short-term disability program, your source for temporary wage-replacement benefits would be an insurance policy you purchase or a policy provided by an employer. The fact that you ...

When Can A Widow Collect Her Husband’s Social Security?

For many, there is no greater pain than the pain that comes with losing someone you love – especially someone to whom you were very close. Losing a spouse can be particularly painful, and after years of a life spent together, it can be hard to imagine how you will begin to go on alone. It can be incredibly difficult, in the midst of grief, to ...

Highest & Lowest Approval Rates By State For SSDI and SSI 2024

Disability benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs provide essential financial assistance for people unable to work because of a disability. However, only about one-third of initial applications for benefits are approved during the initial disability determination process. One factor ...

Is Social Security Disability Giving Extra Money This Month?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are critical safety net programs in the United States that provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. The programs are designed to offer a stable source of income to those who qualify, helping them meet their basic needs. ...

What Is The Penalty For Misuse Of SSDI Or SSI Funds?

Struggling with a disability is difficult in any number of ways – not the least of which is financially. If you have a disability that has rendered you unable to work, worrying about how you’ll pay your bills and continue to provide for yourself and your family can be very stressful. Without question, Social Security disability benefits are an ...

How To Get Approved For Disability The First Time

The Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs provide monthly payments when you cannot work due to a disability. A complex and challenging application review process makes it difficult to get approved for disability the first time. Fewer than one-third of the applications for disability benefits are approved ...

How Much Can I Make on SSDI or SSI in 2024?

In 2023, many individuals with disabilities in the US rely on two essential government assistance programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). These programs provide financial support to individuals who are unable to work due to disabilities, but they come with strict income limits. This blog post ...

What Mental Illness Qualifies You For Disability Benefits?

If a mental illness that prevents you from working, Social Security disability benefits offers financial assistance. However, getting the help you need is not an easy task. Only one-third of applications for disability submitted each year qualify for benefits. Disability Experts of Florida have disability advocates working with you to improve your ...

How To Qualify for Disability Benefits In Florida?

If a disabling medical condition keeps you from working and earning a living, some states have short-term disability programs to help workers make ends meet. Florida, unfortunately, is not one of those states. In the absence of a state program offering benefits for disability in Florida, disabled workers must look to the Social Security ...

What Are the Penalties For Misused SSDI Or SSI Benefits?

Every year, millions of Americans receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. These benefits often provide essential financial support for those who are unable to work as a result of a disability. The good news is that most people who receive these benefits do so lawfully. The majority of recipients need and deserve the ...

What Time Does SSI Direct Deposit into A Bank Account?

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may find yourself facing significant financial struggles. You may wonder how you will continue to provide for yourself and those you love without being able to earn an income as you normally would. If you find yourself in this situation, you may already receive or consider applying for disability ...

How Much Does SSI And SSDI Pay Together?

If you have a disability that prevents you from working, you may qualify for monthly payments through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs administered. The Social Security Administration administers these programs, but some people may be eligible to simultaneously collect benefits through ...

How To Reinstate Suspended Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are disabled and receive Social Security disability benefits, those benefits may be an essential part of your monthly budget. After all, being unable to work can be difficult in many ways – not the least of which is financial. Understandably, it can be very distressing if those benefits are suspended. This can happen for any number of ...

What Happens To My SSDI Benefits When My Child Turns 18?

It may surprise you to learn that the Social Security Disability Insurance program averages $2.8 billion in benefit payments each month to children of deceased, disabled, or retired workers. That’s right, four million children qualify for monthly SSDI benefits. The disability advocates at Disability Experts of Florida believe it’s essential for ...

Differences Between Title 2 and Title 16 Disability

In the United States, there are two primary federal programs that provide disability benefits to eligible individuals: Title 2 and Title 16 disability. These programs are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and offer financial support to people who are unable to work due to a disability. While both programs share the common ...

IS ADHD A Disability?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, for short, is a mental condition that affects many people. It is in neuropsychiatric condition characterized by difficulty focusing, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, among other symptoms. It can be diagnosed at any point in life, and symptoms can vary. For some, the condition is mild, while for ...

When Will SSI Checks Be Deposited for August and September 2024?

The Social Security Administration distributes payments to individuals throughout the country on a very definite schedule. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, knowing exactly when your money will be deposited is essential to your daily activities. This blog post explains exactly how the government schedules your SSI ...

When Is Full Retirement Age For Social Security Disability?

Losing Social Security disability benefits at full retirement age causes some people to unnecessarily worry about losing what may be their primary source of income. A great deal of misinformation is circulating about disability benefits and the full retirement age, including the popular belief that age 65 is the Social Security retirement age. ...

What Disabilities Qualify For Medicare Under 65?

Medicare is a federally funded health insurance program paying medical and related expenses for eligible recipients. Basic Medicare coverage is generally available to Americans who are 65 or older and to a limited number of younger people who fit into specific exceptions to that age requirement. Younger Medicare recipients must be approved for ...

Is Anxiety A Disability? Does Anxiety Qualify For Disability Benefits?

More than 40 million Americans suffer from excessive anxiety. For many of those people, anxiety occurs unexpectedly and is unrelated to the circumstances or events in which the person finds themselves. In severe cases, people suffering from anxiety disorders have their lives disrupted to a degree that makes it hard for them to function normally. ...

When Will SSI Checks Be Deposited For May 2024?

The Supplemental Security Income program provides financial support to elderly, blind, or disabled individuals with limited income and resources. The monthly SSI benefit payment helps beneficiaries cover basic necessities such as food and shelter, so it’s understandable to be anxious and want to know the date to expect the monthly payment. The ...

Who Is Eligible for Both Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare and Medicaid are government health insurance programs helping people pay for healthcare. Their names may look and sound similar, but they differ in several ways, including requirements for eligibility. Medicare is available to people with a work record at jobs where Social Security taxes were paid on the earnings. When a worker reaches ...

What Is The Average Time To Get Approved For Disability Benefits?

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may have arrived at this page wondering if you are entitled to pursue disability benefits – and if so, how soon you might be approved for those benefits. These are understandable questions to ask. Being disabled can create tremendous financial stress, and most disabled individuals want to do everything ...

How Much Money Can You Make On Disability In 2024

The 2023 limits on earning for people receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are different from that for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. The Social Security Administration administers both programs, but each program serves different groups of people. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are reserved for workers and ...

Do You Have To Report Inheritance If You Receive Social Security Disability?

Often, those receiving disability benefits have various questions about what may or may not affect their ongoing eligibility to receive those benefits. The possibility of receiving an inheritance often raises such questions. Losing a loved one can be difficult - and most people want to avoid added financial stress while dealing with their grief. ...

What Happens When An Employee Goes On Long-Term Disability?

When an employee goes on long-term disability, they typically stop working due to an injury, illness, or medical condition that prevents them from performing their job duties. Depending on the employer's policies and the employee's contract, the employee may be entitled to certain benefits and protections while on disability leave. The specific ...

How Does A Lump-Sum Settlement Affect Social Security Disability?

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and you receive a lump sum settlement, it can affect your benefits in a few different ways. Disability Experts of Florida have extensive experience assisting Social Security Disability and SSI benefits when they expect a ...

How Often Does SSI Check Your Bank Accounts?

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration – or you may be considering whether or not you should apply. This is understandable, as being disabled can be stressful in many ways, not the least of which is financial. Depending upon your income and resources, you may seek ...

Will My Disability Benefits Change when I Turn 65?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) provides financial support to workers or former workers who are prevented from working due to a non-work-related disability. The program is designed to help people maintain a basic standard of living while they cannot earn a living wage. However, there is a common misconception that SSDI benefits ...

When Does Social Security Disability Convert To Regular Social Security?

Collecting Social Security disability benefits may be a new experience, so you may wonder what happens when you get older and become eligible for Social Security retirement benefits. It’s a common question. The simple answer is that you cannot collect retirement benefits on your Social Security account at the same time as you receive Social ...

8 Signs Your Disability Claim May Be Approved

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a source of intense anxiety, especially if you are unsure whether your claim will be approved. SSD benefits are designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. If you are ...

How Often Do You Get Paid On Disability In Florida

Once you make it through the application process and receive a notice approving your claim for disability benefits, it’s only natural to be curious about when to expect the first payment. After all, you have bills and expenses that need to be paid. The folks at Disability Experts Florida understand how important disability in Florida is for the ...

How Much Does Social Security Disability Pay Per Child?

When a parent is receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, their children may also qualify to receive benefits based on the parent’s work history. This blog post explains how disabled parents can increase the amount of their monthly benefits because they are also supporting their children. This is different from a disabled child being ...

Will My Wife Receive My VA Disability When I Die?

If you are a service member, you may be wondering if your spouse will receive your VA disability benefits in the unfortunate circumstance of being killed in action or passing away due to a service-related injury. If a service member passes away in such an eventuality, their spouse may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). ...

What Percentage of Social Security Benefits Does a Widow Receive?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers three programs to provide financial support to different groups of Americans who are either unable to work due to a disability or who reached their full retirement age (FRA). Each program is governed by a distinct set of rules that can seem complicated to someone unfamiliar with the government’s ...

How To Get Extra Social Security Disability Benefits 2024

Social Security disability benefits provide a financial lifeline when a disability prevents you from working and earning a living. Whether you are in the process of applying for disability benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income programs or already receive monthly benefits, the disability advocates ...

Can You Collect Social Security at 66 and Still Work Full Time?

If you collect Social Security at 66, the amount you earn by working may result in a loss of some or all of your benefits. Unless you were born before 1960, full retirement age is not until you reach age 67. If you collect retirement benefits earlier than full retirement age, the Social Security Administration will deduct $1 for each $2 in ...

Social Security Disability Rules After Age 50

Individuals who are disabled and unable to work as a result of their disabling condition may apply for and receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Those who are approved for disability benefits usually find them tremendously helpful in relieving the financial burden that can often come with being disabled – ...

Social Security Disability Rules After Age 60

Applying for Social Security Disability at any age can be a challenging undertaking. And learning that different qualifying rules are applied to people of different ages only makes the process more complicated. That’s why we at the Disability Experts of Florida specialize in helping people with disabilities get the Social Security benefits they ...

How Long Does It Take To Get Approved For Disability Benefits

Disability due to a medical condition and inability to work due to that condition can lead to financial difficulties and severe mental stress. However, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can help you manage such testing times. So, if you or a loved one is facing a disability, having a good understanding of the SSD benefits process is ...

How Many Hours Can You Work If You Are On Disability?

If you want to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must meet the eligibility criteria set by the Social Security Administration (SSA). One of those criteria is earnings limitations to qualify for SSDI benefits. If you are earning at a job or through self-employment, you can make up only up to a certain amount to be ...

How To Apply for Permanent Disability Benefits in Florida

If you live in Florida and are disabled with a medical condition that prevents you from being able to work, you may be eligible for monthly disability benefits. Typically, these benefits are paid to recipients by the Social Security Administration, and are generally available in two varieties: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits: ...

How To Get Short-Term Disability Approved While Pregnant?

If you are going to have a baby or contemplating giving birth to a child, it is a great turning point in your life. However, you must plan your future expenses well in advance and you may have some pragmatic questions about how long you can take off and whether will you still be earning. And will disability insurance cover incidental expenses like ...

Who Is Entitled To Death Benefits In Social Security?

Workers who pay Social Security taxes on their earnings or self-employment income are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or retirement benefits. Family members of a worker who dies may be entitled to death Social Security benefits through a lump-sum death benefit and through Social Security survivor benefits. If you believe you are ...

How Much Social Security Will I Get At Age 65?

Social Security Administration (SSA) runs several different programs paying benefits to those who are disabled, blind, or retired. The amount of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits that you can get at age 65 depends entirely on the program for which you qualify, and other variables discussed in this article. Different Social Security benefit ...

How Do I Check the Status of My Social Security Disability Claim

Filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) means that someone who worked hard for years suffered a serious injury or illness that is preventing them from being able to earn enough income to support themselves and their family. No one who files for SSD benefits has the luxury to wait patiently for an unlimited period of time to learn what the ...

How Much Disability Can You Get for Lupus?

Suffering from the pain of Lupus is a burden few people can appreciate unless they too know the pain. Those who are receiving or have filed a claim to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits based on Lupus deserve to know as much as possible about the details of their claim. If you are considering filing an SSD claim for a Lupus-related ...

How Much Disability Can You Receive for Bipolar Disorder?

As those who struggle with bipolar disorder know all too well, this condition is a mental illness that manifests itself through periods of mania and extremely upbeat feelings, followed, often quickly, but moods of severe depression or anxiety. Those who have this condition often experience it as a pendulum, swinging back and forth quickly. It ...

How Much Does Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Pay?

According to data compiled by the Social Security Administration, 1 in 4 20-year-old workers will be disabled and unable to work before reaching retirement age. That’s a pretty sobering thought that could make you consider the advantages of long term and short-term disability benefits to support you and your family in case of an injury or illness ...

What Conditions Automatically Qualify For Disability Benefits?

When you are unable to work because of an illness or injury, Social Security disability benefits may be available to help with living expenses and other bills that can quickly create financial hardship. The process to qualify for benefits is difficult with only about one-third of applications being approved for benefits after the initial ...

How Long Does It Take To Get Disability Approval Letter?

When you are disabled and unable to work, financial challenges may cause stress and anxiety. Social Security disability benefits can help relieve financial pressures, but it takes time before you receive a decision from the Social Security Administration on an initial application or appeal. According to the SSA, getting a decision on an ...

Holiday Safety Tips: How To Celebrate Safely During COVID-19

As the holidays draw near, people may be looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends - especially as the eventful (and stressful for many) year of 2020 draws to a close. Although the holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time together with loved ones, it’s important to keep COVID safety guidelines in mind as the pandemic continues ...

The Forecast for the 2021 Social Security COLA

Thousands of people depend upon the Social Security Administration (SSA) for financial security and any implemented changes directly affect them. To keep up with inflation, the SSA makes changes every year to the COLA. These Social Security updates were recently announced and while the Social Security COLA adjustments for 2021 are modest, they do ...

What You Need to Know if You're Unemployed and Eligible for 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 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are hesitant to apply for unemployment in the event of a job loss. Is it true that you will lose benefits? If you’re ...

Elderly Poverty and Disability Benefits

The Golden Years are supposed to be full of relaxation and comfortable-living after years of hard work. However, this idea is not always a reality for many seniors. Whether due to low-wage jobs, poor health conditions, improper planning, or a dozen other reasons, thousands of seniors find their Golden Years to be anything but relaxing. In 2017, ...

Avoid These Social Security Mistakes When Filing!

Handling your disability application and potential for benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be tricky business. There are so many seemingly small factors that can wind up playing deciding roles in your application, that many Americans fall for simple Social Security mistakes and avoidable pitfalls, largely due to lack of ...

Can You Receive Disability Benefits For Parkinson's Disease?

A degenerative brain disorder, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can result in numerous motor problems that range from minor muscle stiffness to severe difficulties with standing or speaking clearly. If you or a loved one has had a recent Parkinson's Disease diagnosis or has had the disorder for a while now, you may know how difficult - or impossible - it ...

Short-Term and Temporary Disability Insurance: How Do They Compare?

Have you ever worried about being injured and wondered what will happen to your family if you cannot work? The good news is there are benefits out there to help if you do become disabled and cannot hold employment. Besides the Social Security Administration’s disability benefits, there are other sources of benefits that can provide a portion of ...

Does Lupus Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits?

Fighting for SSDI or SSI can be difficult. It’s a time-consuming, often stressful ordeal that can be made even tougher if you have certain diseases which can be difficult to document. This is particularly true without a thorough understanding of the symptoms associated with the disease. Medical conditions such as lupus are difficult to properly ...

Is Your Doctor Supportive Of Your SSDI Or SSI Disability Claim?

Having a doctor you can trust is incredibly important in general, but it becomes even more so when applying for disability. Your doctor plays an indispensable role in your disability claim. If your primary care doctor can corroborate this through what is known as a "medical source statement," your chances of being approved for Social Security ...

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Annually held every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a period of time dedicated to celebrating the nearly 20% of people with disabilities who are employed and educate the American public about fostering a more inclusive workforce environment. This October marks 75 years of observing National Disability Employment ...

Can I Receive SSDI Benefits For Liver Disease?

Have you been diagnosed with chronic liver disease? If so, you might be wondering if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The short answer is “yes.” However, when it comes to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria for being rewarded your benefits, the chief question asked is, “Will this condition prohibit the ...

A Closer Look at Compassionate Allowances and Disability Benefits

The primary goal of Social Security disability benefits is to provide aid 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 as possible. When ...

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 people, ...

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 also. ...

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 ...

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 of ...

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 ...

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 ...