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Tag: Social Security

Progress Report: the ADA and Employment

Published: October 7, 2005

July 26th, 2005 marks the 15th anniversary of an important date in history – the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Since the passage of the ADA, people with disabilities report feeling less discrimination. But as far as ADA’s impact on jobs – the National Organization on Disability reports employment of people with disabilities has only risen from 32 to 35 percent in the past four years.

Incomplete SCIs: The Early Days

Published: August 17, 2005

What’s all the confusion about “complete” and “incomplete?” Complete usually means “total” or “whole,” while incomplete usually means “unfinished,” or “not yet perfect.” Although there aren’t many situations where we would like to hear ourselves described as “incomplete,” spinal cord injury may be one of them. Indeed, when it comes to nerve injuries and muscle paralysis, most everyone thinks that a partial paralysis or an Incomplete Injury is better than a complete injury or total paralysis. Does this mean that an incomplete injury is a good injury? It depends on how you look at it.

In the world of spinal cord injury, incomplete tells us a lot and very little at the same time.

Heart Disease

Published: August 17, 2005

What’s all the confusion about “complete” and “incomplete?” Complete usually means “total” or “whole,” while incomplete usually means “unfinished,” or “not yet perfect.” Although there aren’t many situations where we would like to hear ourselves described as “incomplete,” spinal cord injury may be one of them. Indeed, when it comes to nerve injuries and muscle paralysis, most everyone thinks that a partial paralysis or an Incomplete Injury is better than a complete injury or total paralysis. Does this mean that an incomplete injury is a good injury? It depends on how you look at it.

Finding Personal Care Assistants

Published: August 17, 2005

How to Find, Hire & Keep Them

You’ve wrestled with the issue of attendant care, and decided that it’s finally time to get some help. Or perhaps a present caregiver is getting older, and needs some relief. Maybe you’re just feeling older yourself. You’re in good company: over forty percent of all people with spinal cord injury (SCI) use some form of assistance, and the percentage increases with age. For first-time personal care attendant (PCA) employers, here are some tips for maintaining freedom, flexibility and control, and saving money to boot.

Long-term Care Givers

Published: August 17, 2005

For Better and For Worse

No one plans on spinal cord injury. “No one” includes you–the spouse, the family, the person who provides care–as well as the survivor. Yet you’ve been there, all this time. And by now you know that there’s not much out there in the way of support for spouses, friends and family. You say you feel neglected?

The Medicare Maze

Published: August 17, 2005

If you are newly injured and need information about Disability benefits, or if you’re approaching age 65, and looking at retirement, then it might be time to check out Medicare and its many options.

What is Medicare?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for persons who are disabled and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for at least 24 months, and for persons 65 years of age or older. Medicare has two parts:

Part A covers inpatient hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, and hospice care. It covers all but the first three pints of blood per year. Medicare will also pay for some home health care services. However, to get these services you must need skilled care and you must be homebound.

Poll: 74% oppose state Medicaid cuts

Published: June 28, 2005

Governors have their work cut out for them in convincing the public to accept fundamental changes in Medicaid that could trim benefits and raise co-payments for the poor, disabled and elderly, a new nationwide poll shows.

Nearly three-fourths of those polled opposed cuts in state Medicaid programs to help balance state budgets, even though two-thirds said their state was in fiscal crisis or had major budget problems, according to the survey released June 29 by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan philanthropy that focuses on health care issues.

How disability is determined:

Published: May 22, 2005

Social Security uses a step-by-step process involving five questions: Are you working? If you are and your earnings average more than $700 a month, you generally cannot be considered disabled. Is your condition severe?

Your impairments must interfere with basic work-related activities for your claim to be considered. Is your condition found in the list of disabling impairments?

Self-Employment for Persons with a Disability

Published: May 2, 2005

In most of the world, the ultimate determination of self-control is employment. This is the basis for almost all micro-lending activity worldwide. Self-employment carries with it connotations that have traditionally precluded people with a Disability. However, people with disabilities have been using self-employment as an effective route to a job for centuries. The difference in the 90’s is that the “system” is beginning to want a piece of the action. Social planners are beginning to see that economic empowerment for people with disabilities makes good business sense for society as well.

Social Security Disability Benefits

Published: April 24, 2005

When to apply:

You should apply as soon as you become disabled. If you apply for Social Security, Disability benefits will not begin until the sixth full month of disability. The Social Security disability waiting period begins with the first full month after the date we decide your disability began. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits are paid for the first full month after the date you filed your claim, or, if later, the date you become eligible for SSI.

How to apply:

Call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 for those who have hearing impairments or are deaf.

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