The many people in New York who live with disabilities know how important the policies our government has put in place are. The Americans with Disabilities Act and others help ensure that people who live with disabilities are treated fairly in the workplace and in other circumstances. Now, President Obama is hoping to further our country's involvement in promoting disability rights, but Congress has not been quite as supportive in the past.
Those of you who read our blog know how vital Social Security disability insurance payments are to many people in New York. They help cover medical expenses and living costs so that people who cannot work due to a disability can continue to thrive in society.
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the definition of marriage as between only a man and a woman under the Defense of Marriage act was invalid. This ruling opened up the possibility for same-sex couples across the country to be eligible for federal benefits, and last week, the Social Security Administration announced that it was beginning to take claims from same-sex couples for benefits they may be owed.
Living with a mental disability can make life extremely challenging, as some New York residents know firsthand. Unfortunately, because many mental conditions are not well-understood by the general public, these people can be treated unfairly and often disrespectfully. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration has recently taken a step to help change that.