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Social Security Disability for blind individuals (part 2)

We'll pick up where we left off previously with our discussion of the kinds of benefits and support available from the Social Security Administration for people who are blind. The information is intended to be general in nature only, and not specific legal advice for any individual situation.

As noted previously, blind individuals may be eligible for disability benefits based on certain thresholds. But many may not seek out these benefits due to the perception of obstacles in communicating with the SSA. The agency is aware of this matter and makes a number of options available.

Blind individuals may choose the format they prefer for receiving notices from the SSA. These include Braille, audio CD, a regular mailed notice with a follow-up phone call, or a large-print mailed notice. The selection can be made online or over the phone, and can be changed at any time. Individuals may also call 1-800-772-1213 and ask that a particular mailing be read to them.

The SSA also will provide copies of any of its publications in multiple formats. Individuals may request an audio cassette tape, CD, or printed copy in enlarged print or Braille. An order may be placed online, over the phone, by mail or fax.

It is important, however, to note that the SSD benefits application process is inherently complex and simple errors can lead to reduced benefits or denial of a claim. A legal professional can help blind individuals prepare a claim for disability benefits, appeal a denied claim, and ensure that communications are being handled correctly at every stage of the process.

Source: SSA.gov, "If You're Blind Or Have Low Vision - How We Can Help," accessed on Nov. 12, 2017

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