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August 2013 Archives

Disability rights front and center at March on Washington tribute

As the 50th-anniversary commemoration of the historic March on Washington approached, a buzz of excitement arose in the disability rights community. Fred Maahs, chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities was scheduled to be among the luminaries joining President Obama in honoring the progress made in civil rights since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

How is the amount of monthly SSD payments figured?

People in Atlanta who apply for Social Security disability benefits often aren't aware of how the amount of disability payments is calculated. Regardless of how severe your disability is, the amount of monthly benefits will be determined by looking at how much you were earning when you were working.

Could same-sex marriage affect my Supplemental Security Income?

The Social Security Administration’s acting commissioner made an announcement recently about how the agency plans to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. As of right now, the SSA has begun processing Social Security retirement benefit claims and adjustments for married, same-sex couples.

Social Security Administration to stop saying 'mentally retarded'

Almost three years ago, President Obama signed Rosa’s Law, which urges federal education, labor and health agencies to revise their policy manuals so that they no longer use the term “mental retardation” or similar phrases to refer to people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The Social Security Administration is about to institute new language for the disorders everywhere the agency discusses mental disabilities that qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Far from welfare, SSD and SSI are time-consuming and hard to get

Social Security disability attorneys hear questions every day about whether Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are really just alternatives to welfare. Often, this is because the number of Social Security disability beneficiaries has been sharply rising over the past decade or so, and alarmist coverage from the media has implied this is because it’s easy to get SSD benefits even if you’re not really disabled.

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