Disability

You Can Help Shape Our Disability Policy

November 2, 2015 • By

Social Security needs your help. We are asking for responses to an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on how we should modernize our vocational rules, which we first published in 1978. These are the rules our disability decision makers use to decide whether an adult with a severe disabling condition can do any job in […]

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How I Navigated the Social Security Disability Process

October 19, 2015 • By

I’m on Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Okay I said it, and, I’m also very thankful for it. I might sound somewhat perplexed, because it’s all new to me and isn’t what I had expected to deal with in life. Yet, I am realistic and understand that “things happen” to all people.

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No Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016

October 15, 2015 • By

Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is an increase in the benefit amount people receive each month. By law, the monthly Social Security and SSI federal benefit rate increases when there is a rise in the cost of living. The government measures changes in the cost of living through the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price […]

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If You Have a Disability, Social Security Can Help

October 8, 2015 • By

October is Disability Awareness Month. For Social Security, disability is always at the forefront of our conversations. We hear stories daily about Americans living with disabling conditions who need help from the system they contributed to during their working life. Their stories make us proud of the work we do.

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How Social Security Serves Those Who Served

September 21, 2015 • By

On September 18, we observed POW/MIA Recognition Day. Social Security remembers those missing in action while defending our country. We want to take the opportunity to highlight our special benefits for wounded warriors. Social Security takes care of our wounded warriors, because we understand that the effects of military service can be profound and lasting.

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Disability Benefits: The Numbers Tell the Story

September 8, 2015 • By

Social Security provides an economic lifeline to America’s workers through our benefit programs. We run the largest disability program in the nation. We want to make sure that everyone has a clear picture of the disability insurance program and of the people living with severe disabilities, who receive its benefits.

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They Comfort and Assist. Let’s Celebrate Them

August 17, 2015 • By

The word “friend” conjures images of laughter and warmth. Friends stand by each other through good and bad times. They’re supportive, encouraging, and they come in all shapes and sizes — and sometimes with a wet nose and fur. Social Security celebrates four-legged helpers who aren’t only friends, but family and heroes: assistance dogs.

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Faith-Based Leaders Support Social Security

August 14, 2015 • By

In the depths of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt and Congress established Social Security, a program that has lifted millions of people out of poverty. Three years prior to its adoption, the Federal Council of Churches called for passage of social security legislation.

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Supporting the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 27, 2015 • By

Social Security is committed to the principles and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to improve the lives of our beneficiaries and our employees who have one or more disabilities. You may not like to think about the possibility of becoming disabled. However, if sometime in the future you find that you’re unable […]

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With Seven Days to Celebrate — Open Your my Social Security Account Today!

July 20, 2015 • By

We’re turning 80 this year, and boy, are we proud! We’re proud of our history, and we proudly remain committed to serving America, especially our most vulnerable people, including retirees, children, and individuals with disabilities. We’ll be celebrating this milestone by declaring July 19 through 25 as National my Social Security Week.

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