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Social Security Disability for blind individuals (part 1)

Previously, in our discussion of the impending 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment to SSD benefits, we noted that blind individuals have some specific thresholds applicable to them. Let's take a deeper dive into the information provided by the SSA as to the kind of support that is available for blind or low-vision individuals who cannot work due to their disability.

What is the Social Security disability determination process?

When living with a disability, mental or physical, becomes overwhelming, it is important that disabled individuals understand their rights and options. Those in Florida and other states across the nation have the right to file for Social Security disability benefits if they are unable to work because of a disability and they are suffering from a qualifying disability. But how does one determine if they have a qualifying disability? And how is an applicant deemed eligible based on these standards?

Benefits from SSD program are not always enough

Being unable to work and provide for yourself financially is a difficult predicament to be in. While many reasons could place an individual in this unfortunate circumstance, many are in financial trouble because they are currently living with a disability. Whether it is due to an injury, illness or a condition he or she was born with, a disability can often make it challenging to get around, care for yourself or even hold down a job. Thus, many decide to partake in the journey to recover Social Security disability benefits.

Living with a disability and ways to cope with the situation

Whether it is due to an illness, disease or an injury, coming to terms that you have a disability is difficult. Regardless if it was something you were born with or acquired later in life, a disability can be challenging at any point in a person's life. Therefore, it is important to understand how to cope with this situation and obtain the help necessary to build a fulfilling life.

How can SSD benefits help children with special needs?

Caring for a child with special needs can be costly. Whether a child was diagnosed with a disability at birth or acquired during childhood, this situation is not only challenging for the child, but also their family. It is likely that accommodations will be required in their daily life. This could look like alterations to a home and a vehicle. This can also look like hiring a medical assistant, going through various medical treatments and daily medications.

Inheritances could impact SSI eligibility

Whether it is because of an injury or an illness, living with a disability can be extremely challenging for individuals and families in Florida and elsewhere. Social Security disability can become very vital in these, being the only way an individual can meet his or her basic needs. The Social Security Administration provides SSDI benefits to those who have accumulated enough work credits. For those who do not have qualifying work credits, Supplemental Security Income may be available.

What facts are important to know about SSD benefits?

Whether you were born with a disability or acquired one later in life due to an injury, illness or mental condition, individuals in Florida should understand what options are available when it comes to seeking benefits through the Social Security Administration. Even more so, applicants should understand certain facts about Social Security disability benefits.

What are the added costs associated with a disability?

There is this assumption that disabilities are not very common. However, because disabilities can come in all shapes and sizes, more people in Florida and nationwide are inflicted by a disability than one might presume. Living with a disability, whether it is apparent on the outside or not, can be challenging. It can also be financially difficult, especially if a person's disability makes it impossible to work.

Understanding how SSD benefits are calculated

Living with a disability is by no means easy. Whether it is a condition you were born with or one acquired later in life due to an injury or illness, a disability can present challenges in various areas of a person's life. One major area it can impact is the ability to work. When the ability to work is constrained by a disability, this could leave some individuals facing financial problems.