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

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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 difficult to achieve. Walking, stepping down to a curb, looking around, and even breathing are things that can become more difficult. All of these actions are voluntary muscular movement, which is what ALS affects.

While there are drugs on the market that temporarily limit the effects of the disease and slow the degeneration of the muscles and nerves, unfortunately at this time there is no cure.

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Topics: SSDI, SSA Eligibility

June 21 is Global ALS/MND Day

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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 turning point, each year—and the hope is that this year will be a turning point in the search for the cause of the disease, treatment, or a cure.

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What Kinds of Arthritis Qualify you for Disability Benefits?

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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.

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Topics: Disability Medical Requirements, rheumatoid arthritis, Is Arthritis a Disability

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

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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 of harm’s way; in other scenarios, they may need to be confined to their home for a length of time.

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Topics: emergency prepardness

June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day

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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!

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Topics: Cancer

May 30 is World MS Day

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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 stories, and create positive change, World MS Day was created in 2009 by the MS International Federation and its members. Arriving May 30 annually, World MS Day involves hundreds of events held across dozens of countries. This year’s theme is “My Invisible MS,” focusing on the often unseen but very real effects MS can have on people

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Topics: disability benefits, Multiple Sclerosis

When Should I Hire A Disability Advocate?

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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 a good time to enlist the help of an expert! However, there are four stages at which most applicants seek out professional help with their case.

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Topics: SSDI appeal, Apply for Disability in Florida, disability advocate

Does Vertigo Qualify for Social Security Disability?

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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).

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Topics: disability benefits programs, File Disability Benefits

What’s the Difference Between Activity Limitation and Participation Restriction

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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 what do each of these circumstances mean, and how are they different from one another? For answers, it’s best to look to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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Topics: invisible disabilities

April is National Autism Awareness Month

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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 disorder (ASD).

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Topics: Autism

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