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Five Inspiring Movies Featuring the Disabled Part 3

Posted by Scott Flexer

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. 

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It's Heart Month: What You Need To Know About Heart Disease Disability

Posted by Scott Flexer

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. 

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10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire an SSDI Advocate

Posted by Scott Flexer

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 want them to handle your unique case.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability, Disability Medical Requirements

Do You Actually NEED a Disability Advocate to File for SSDI?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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.

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Topics: SSDI, disability, disability experts, Social Security Advocates, disability advocate

Can I Qualify for Disability if I Have Diabetes?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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. Type 2 diabetes, also called adult-onset diabetes, happens when the body's cells grow resistant to insulin and fail to process enough glucose. Most common in those over 45, Type 2 diabetes is usually related to obesity, high blood pressure, and a sedentary lifestyle, but genetic factors may also play a role.

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Topics: disability eligibility, disability, Diabetes

5 Super Successful People With Disabilities, Part 2

Posted by Scott Flexer

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 able to not just overcome adversity but achieve unparalleled levels of success, it is truly inspiring!

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Topics: disability benefits, disability FL, disability, disability experts, Autism, blind, inspiring stories, disability blogs, deaf, down syndrome

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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Topics: disability FL, disability, disability experts, Florida Disability Benefits, disablity, Apply for Disability in Florida, disability rights florida, Disability benefits in Florida, disability laws, ADA laws, disability blogs

Can I Receive Disability if I Have Been Convicted of a Felony?

Posted by Scott Flexer

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.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability eligibility, disability, Disability Benefits for Felons

How Retirement Affects Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by Scott Flexer

Did you know that last year over 65,000 people over the age of 65 were eligible for their Social Security benefits? When the time comes to hang your work boots and call it quits, it is only normal to want to know if you will be taken care of. According to statistics, many people from their early 50s tend to develop health complications that force them to surrender to retirement early.

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Disability Benefits by the Numbers in the USA

Posted by Scott Flexer

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs help millions of people with disabilities in the USA provide for themselves and their families.

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Topics: SSDI, SSI, disability

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