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Which Neurological Disorders Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits

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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:

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Topics: Neurological Disorders

Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled, Part 2

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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.

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Topics: inspiring movies

Will My Social Security Benefits Continue During the Government Shutdown?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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 with over 800,000 employees furloughed, as President Trump and Congress struggle to reach an agreement that would reopen it.

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Topics: disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, SSDI Benefits, Government Shutdown

Statements That Hurt Your Social Security Disability Hearing

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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 about it anyhow, so stick to the truth. That said, here are five statements that are probably going to hurt you when you go before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

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Topics: disability benefits hearing, social security disability benefits hearing, Best Practices for Social Security Disability

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

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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 by Evan Kemp Jr., the Equal Employment Opportunity commissioner, and Justin Dart, the disability rights leader, Bush picked up a pen and signed into law the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Topics: ADA laws, disability advocate

4 Hidden Costs of Living in a Nursing Home

Posted by Scott Flexer

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 aspects of this choice is exactly that: the cost.

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Topics: Dementia, Suffering form a Chronic Illness, medicaid

Can I Get Disability for Depression?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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.

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Topics: Depression

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

Posted by Scott Flexer

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 and dignity of persons with disabilities and ensure their right to education and work, among other things. Today, the treaty has 162 signatories and 177 parties. And while there has been much progress, there have also been a number of setbacks. For example, only 28% of surveyed countries constitutionally guarantee quality education for people with disabilities, and only 18% guarantee their right to work. So, here's a look at three very different countries and reported treatment of the disabled in each.

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Topics: traveling with disability

Do I Have to File Taxes While Receiving Disability Benefits?

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

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Topics: what to do once you have benefits

Will Unemployment Benefits Affect My Social Security Benefits?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

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Topics: SSDI Benefits, unemployment, SSDI benefit security

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