Living with a disability is no easy feat, as many people in New York know. Not only is it often physically challenging, but many people find it emotionally challenging as well. That's how one New York man, who is now the commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities felt when a mountain biking accident left him paralyzed below the chest. He found life again, however, through sled hockey.
According to the New York Education Department, there are currently 400,000 students who have learning disabilities. Of those 400,000, one in five has a severe disability. In an effort to help these students finish high school, the Education Department has, in the past, offered an Individualized Education Program. The IEP, however, does not count as a high school diploma, meaning those students who want to go to college must pass the GED first.
On this blog, we often focus on the difficulties that come with having a disability and applying for Social Security disability benefits. Of course, those who live with a disability know them all too well. Sometimes, however, it's important to focus on positive things.
Last week we discussed the large backlog of Social Security disability claims that will still be waiting for review at the end of the year. Today, however, we have better news to share with our readers. Last week, the Social Security Administration announced that it will be expanding its Compassionate Allowances program.
New York residents who have filed for Social Security disability insurance know how complicated and lengthy the process can be. It can seem like there are endless forms to fill out and an overwhelming amount of information to track down about yourself. Once everything is complete, though, you hope to hear back from the claims office with an answer to your application. Unfortunately, this can take a substantial amount of time.