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Social Security to Simplify Disability Evaluation Process – Agency to Reduce Work History Period to 5 Years  

June 26, 2024 • By

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When people become disabled under the statutory definition the Social Security Administration must follow, the agency helps them meet their basic needs and sustain a higher quality of life. Social Security administers disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Under both programs, the […]

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Structurally Disabled: A Qualitative Study of Structural Contributors to Disability

May 29, 2024 • By

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In 1935, Social Security was born of an intention to provide economic security for the people of the United States. Even then, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins noted that the first iteration of Social Security would not be complete. Social Security has been amended multiple times over the years to improve the program and extend […]

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Celebrating the Life of Hydeia Loren Broadbent, HIV/AIDS Activist

March 8, 2024 • By

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“AIDS is something that happened to me but does not define who I am as a person.” To commemorate Women’s History Month and National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th, we honor the life and legacy of activist Hydeia Loren Broadbent, who died on February 20, 2024. Diagnosed with HIV at the […]

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SOAR Programs and Social Security

January 18, 2024 • By

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National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is dedicated to transforming systems so that no young person in America experiences homelessness. In the United States, roughly 4.2 million young people— one in 10 young adults ages 18 to 25 and one in 30 youth ages 13 to 17— experience homelessness each year. Of those, about 700,000 are unaccompanied […]

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ABLE Programs Prepare for Expanded Eligibility

December 14, 2023 • By

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December marks the anniversary of the signing of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.  Important changes are coming to ABLE programs across the country. These programs are life-changing financial empowerment tools for Americans living with disabilities. ABLE provides a way to save money and build financial independence without affecting eligibility for important benefits, […]

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5 Things to Know When Your Child with Disabilities Turns 18

October 26, 2023 • By

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When your child turns 18 years old, they legally become an adult. This is an important time to consider their financial future – especially if they need additional care into adulthood. Here are 5 things that you need to know to prepare for this milestone: 1. Health and Welfare Decision-making When your child becomes a […]

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Prioritizing Mental Health for Our Veterans

October 5, 2023 • By

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Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being — it’s integral to our happiness. Mental health issues can significantly impact a person’s quality of life by making it difficult to work, maintain relationships, and enjoy activities that they love. For our nation’s veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety, these effects […]

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Celebrating 50 Years of the Rehabilitation Act

September 26, 2023 • By

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This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This law prohibits disability-related discrimination in programs that are run by federal agencies or receive federal funding. It also protects federal employees and contractors from discrimination. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that federal contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to […]

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Social Security Services for the Hispanic Community

September 18, 2023 • By

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We strive to deliver great customer service and helpful information to everyone, including people who are more comfortable reading and speaking Spanish. Our Spanish-language website provides information about our programs and services. You can learn how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for benefits, and much more. You can also learn […]

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Apply for Social Security Benefits Online

August 31, 2023 • By

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Did you know you can do much of your business online with Social Security? This means no need to call or visit a local Social Security office. You can take your time completing our online applications and even save your progress to return to later. You can apply online for: Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits You […]

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