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Depression, compounded by work stress could lead to SSD

When people think about the types of disabilities that make it impossible for someone to work it is likely that physical disabilities are the first to come to mind. The reality, however, is that there are many individuals throughout the Atlanta area who are unable to keep a job due to mental disabilities.

Federal 'PROMISE' plan to promote independence for kids on SSI

As of last year, studies have shown, more than a million children in the U.S. were receiving benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, due to childhood disabilities. Many of those disabilities are permanent and will prevent them from working when they turn 18, but some kids would be fully able to support themselves if only they had help. That might be occupational therapy, or it could be coordinated support services.

Should home care workers for SSD recipients get the minimum wage?

Even in the best situations, home health aides aren't paid high salaries. One such worker recently interviewed for a Kaiser Health News story makes more than the federal minimum wage and gets paid at time-and-a-half for overtime, which is often mandatory. The national average annual salary for these valued individuals who make living at home possible for many Social Security disability beneficiaries, however, is $21,830. Assuming 50 weeks of paid work, that works out to $436.60 a week.

Study: childhood disability, chiefly mental, up 16 percent in US

A major statistical review just presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies found that the number of children with disabilities, as reported by their parents, grew by 16 percent between 2002 and 2010 in the U.S. Moreover, the number of children with physical disabilities declined while the number with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities rose. The rise in disabling mental conditions, the researchers believe, may be due to the increasing rate of autism diagnoses.

SSDI claim increases were long expected, NOSSCR president notes

As we've discussed on this blog before, there has been a lot of talk lately about the fact that the number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits in the U.S. has been rising rapidly -- and that rise appears to track with the unemployment rate, at least during the Great Recession. That interesting observation has led some people to conclude that many people who could work if jobs were readily available are instead choosing to use the Social Security disability system as a form of welfare. That makes people wonder whether we shouldn't limit SSDI and SSI benefits.

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