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Helping those with disabilities to financially help themselves

There are many well-intentioned government programs that, due to certain provisions, are in some ways detrimental to those they are designed to help. This is how many Americans feel about Supplemental Security Income, which is similar to Social Security Disability Insurance. The major difference with SSI is that individuals need not have paid FICA taxes in order to be eligible.

SSDI's advantages over private long-term disability insurance

If you pay attention to the news, you probably know that Social Security Disability Insurance is a fairly controversial and highly politicized issue. In recent decades, the number of Americans receiving SSDI benefits has risen significantly, and this has led to criticism that the program is unsustainable, “broken” and in need of reform.

Using technology to help Americans with disabilities at work

Any of us can become disabled at virtually any time. But for many Americans, disability is a fact of life from a very young age. Depending on the circumstances, some people can work a job upon reaching adulthood and some will never be able to do so. For those who cannot work, programs like Supplemental Security Income are a critical safety net.

Defining disability so that disability does not define you

Many of the limitations we face in life are either self-imposed or based on how others view us. That’s why it is so important to discuss and think about disability in non-defeatist terms. We may be confined by our physical limitations, but we don’t have to be defined by them.

A beginner's crash-course in Social Security Disability: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about Social Security Disability Insurance. Millions of Americans who are no longer able to work due to a disabling injury, illness or medical condition rely on disability benefits to make ends meet.

A beginner's crash-course in Social Security Disability: Part I

How much do you know about Social Security Disability Insurance? Most Americans are not very familiar with SSDI despite supporting the program through payroll taxes. And if you are young and healthy, you may not need to know much about it.