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The New Law Improving Disaster Planning for People With Disabilities

Posted by Scott Flexer

A deluge of recent disasters, from hurricanes to wildfires, has reinforced the notion that they can strike at any time without warning. And while a disaster can be detrimental to anyone, they can be especially dangerous for people with disabilities, who may not be able to act quickly or have the ability to “hunker down” for long stretches of time; visual, hearing, and mental impairment can further complicate things in an emergency situation. Because of this, the federal government will now be required to do more to consider the needs of people with disabilities when disasters strike under a new law put into effect last week.

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Topics: disability laws, emergency preparedness

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

Difficulties the Hearing Impaired Face Every Day

Posted by Scott Flexer

People who are hearing impaired face considerable challenges. They experience and navigate the world much differently than those with perfect hearing. To gain an understanding of the difficulties they may face, here are ten situations you may have never thought of that make life more challenging when little to nothing is audible.

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Topics: disability benefits, disability experts, Florida Disability Benefits, disability benefits for children, adults with disabilities, disability laws, disability blogs, deaf

Top Trending Disability Topics Right Now

Posted by Scott Flexer

What's the talk around town? What's trending on Twitter? Let's face it, news about the rights of the disabled is usually not making front page news. It's unfortunate, but it's reality. So, in an effort to keep people informed and to help them make a difference, we're rounding up today’s current hot topics into one convenient post.

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Topics: disability abuse, disability advocate, Disability benefits in Florida, special needs children, disability statistics, Emotional Support Animals, inspiring stories, disability laws, ADA laws, disability blogs

Tips for Traveling with a Disability

Posted by Scott Flexer

Everyday life for those with a disability can pose a myriad of challenges. For those with wanderlust, it may present another whole new set of them. While some destinations are not going to be as accommodating as others, don’t let disability rule out your desire to see the world. Here are some tips to make your dreams of travel a reality.

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Topics: inspiring stories, disability laws, ADA laws, traveling with disability, disability blogs

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

What Are My Rights as a Disabled Employee?

Posted by Scott Flexer

 

The federal American With Disability Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, making it illegal for employers, including private, state and local government, and labor organizations, to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. This doesn’t just apply to hiring practices—it also includes recruitment, promotions, training, type of work, and firing on the basis of disability.

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Topics: Florida Social Security Advocates, disability advocate, working with disability benefits, disability statistics, short term disability, disability laws, ADA laws

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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Topics: disability benefits, disability eligibility, disability benefits FL, disablity, Apply for Disability in Florida, disability rights florida, disability advocate, Disability benefits in Florida, disability statistics, Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, disability laws

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