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

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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 through what is known as a "medical source statement," your chances of being approved for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) improve.

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Topics: Disability Application

International Purple Day for Epilepsy

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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.

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

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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 and families to continue to stay in their homes, get the assistance they want, or the medical treatments they need.

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Will Writing a Dire Needs Letter Help My Disability Case?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), not individual states. That makes the process quite lengthy; generally about 400 days, according to the SSA.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, disability benefits hearing, disability laws

5 Best Cities for People with Disabilities

Posted by Scott Flexer

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, service providers, career opportunities, and even more diverse or specially equipped entertainment options.

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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

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

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