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How a Ban on Plastic Straws Hurts the Disabled

Posted by Scott Flexer

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 poses new challenges to people with disabilities, some of whom require a straw just to take a drink.

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H.R. 620: Are the Rights of the Disabled Under Attack?

Posted by Scott Flexer

Fighting for the rights of the disabled has been an uphill battle, but over the years significant strides have been made. A turning point came in 1990, when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA made discrimination based upon disability illegal, and specified five key factors:

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

Posted by DEF

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 and a paycheck, greatly hindering their ability to afford to see a doctor.

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Can I Get Social Security Disability With COPD?

Posted by Scott Flexer

 

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 suffering from the disease.

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Topics: COPD, Apply for Disability in Florida

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

Posted by Scott Flexer

SSI (Supplemental Social Security Income) is a form of disability payment provided by the SSA to people with limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, which is based on work credits that a person has accrued during their time being employed, SSI provides much-needed assistance to persons who are disabled and with limited income. Florida, unlike, many other states, offers very few other kinds of disability assistance programs apart from SSDI and SSI.

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, SSI program, qualify for SSI

Guidelines When Applying for SSI While Homeless

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

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Topics: SSI, Apply for Disability in Florida, Homeless disability benefits

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

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

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Topics: disability benefits for children, Apply for Disability in Florida, Disability Application

Can I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits with Cancer?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

Most importantly, the SSA analyzes how your cancer condition prevents you from participating in any substantial gainful activity and if it is expected to last for at least a year, or result in death.

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Topics: Disability Determinations, Apply for Disability in Florida, Cancer

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

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

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

Posted by Scott Flexer

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

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Topics: Apply for Disability in Florida, Facts About Social Security Benefits

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