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July 2013 Archives

Institutions no longer sole option for mentally disabled in NY

People in New York who live with mental disabilities face a unique set of challenges. Aside from having to cope with whatever disability they have, these people also have to live in a world where mental conditions are not well-understood by the average person. Unfortunately, this misunderstanding has led to policies that hinder people with mental disabilities. Last week, however, Gov. Cuomo made major changes that will hopefully benefit New York residents who have mental disabilities.

Scammers preying on Direct Express card holders, SSA warns

As we have written about in the past and as many disability benefits recipients know, the Social Security Administration has made all benefits payments electronic. While many were easily able to adapt to this change by utilizing the direct deposit option, those who do not have a bank account were given Direct Express cards. The Direct Express card is similar to a debit card, but allows people without bank accounts to still collect their benefits. Unfortunately, the SSA recently announced that some Direct Express holders have been victimized by scammers.

Obtaining Social Security disability benefits for autism

Autism is a condition that affects many people in New York. Aside from the problems autism can cause in a person's social life, many people who live with the condition also end up facing serious financial challenges. Like any medical condition or illness, autism necessitates medical care and other assistance that can be very expensive. Fortunately, Social Security Disability Insurance may be an option for these people.

How to apply for Social Security disability benefits

While we often use our blog write about the many ways in which disabilities are highlighted in our society, today we're going to get back to the basics of Social Security disability benefits. Many people in New York live with disabilities. And as many of those people know, living with a disability can make it very difficult to work and earn a living. It is for this reason that Social Security disability benefits exist. But how do you go about getting them? 

Golf coach with leg disability denied use of golf cart

Our society has come a long way in how it treats people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act was made law, protecting the many people in New York and throughout the country who live with a disability. Furthermore, society has come to understand and respect those with disabilities. While all of these things are evidence of good progress, some current events show that we still have a lot of work to do.

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