Archive | October, 2015

Must I be Disabled for a Year to Apply?

Q: I heard that my disability must be expected to last at least one year to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Does this mean I have to wait until I’ve been disabled an entire year before applying for disability? A: No. If you believe your disability will last a year or longer, apply for […]

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When Should You Apply for Disability?

Q: I heard that my disability must be expected to last at least one year to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Does this mean I have to wait until I’ve been disabled an entire year before applying for disability? A: No. If you believe your disability will last a year or longer, apply for […]

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Literacy and English Proficiency as Elements of Disability

In disability benefit evaluation, Social Security looks beyond physical and metal impairments to consider certain “vocational criteria.” These include person’s age, education, and work experience. Other little-known factors in this arena are the claimant’s literacy level and English proficiency. Generally, an illiterate person has had little or no formal schooling, but educational does not necessarily […]

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No Social Security COLA Increase for Next Year

WASHINGTON (AP) — For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population. They can blame low gas prices. By law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based […]

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October is Disability Awareness Month

President Obama declared October “Disability Awareness” month, with this statement: Americans with disabilities make up almost one-fifth of our population, but are unemployed at a rate that is twice that of people without disabilities; and for women and minorities with disabilities, the rates are even higher. Despite all they contribute to our society, people with […]

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