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July 2012 Archives

The disabled are an easy target

One of our recent blog posts discussed the efforts of a Florida congressman to demonize those who apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, Rep. West is not the only person in this camp. Numerous national media commentators have also jumped on the bandwagon, including Frank Bruni in a New York Times column.

Congressman's comments draw attention to growth in SSD recipients

A republican congressman from Florida created headlines when he referred to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as "slavery," while stating that people who use the benefits to which they're entitled are wrong. Moreover, he suggested that SSD fraud is the primary reason that the number of SSD recipients has grown. However, even a rudimentary examination shows that the congressman knows little about SSD. Even worse, he is using those with disabilities to score political points.

Repeated concussions leave football players with brain injuries

A former NFL player is receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits because repeated head injuries during his career have resulted in early onset dementia. Steve Hendrickson played for the 49ers and the Chargers, and had a notable high school and college career. Today, he has significant short-term memory loss and cannot work. He receives Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Mental illness among minorities: Diagnosis and treatment lags behind

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has declared July to be National Minority Mental Illness Awareness Month. Although the Social Security Administration recognizes many mental illnesses as disabilities, members of minority groups are far less likely to seek either SSD benefits or treatment. NAMI would like to change this.

How are SSD and SSI different?

If you've been wondering about the difference between SSD and SSI, you're not alone. The two federal benefit programs have similar names: Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The do similar things: provide benefits to people who cannot work. But the similarities end there. Read on to learn about the differences between SSD and SSI.

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