The world of disability is progressively moving forward with better ideas, policies and methods. But what about image? The way we are judged by the outside world? Are we stuck on this axis, moving, but in the end right back where we started?
Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?
Center for Accessible Living NKY's insight:
Not only did 60 Minutes not interview even a single disabled person or disability advocate, they didn't interview anyof the past eight Social Security commissioners or even the SSA's chief actuary, Steve Goss.
Of course, that might have been because any of these people could have corrected some of the incorrect or misinformed information Sen. Tom Coburn gave out.
Things like getting the actual number of individuals on disability correct - there are 8.8 million disabled individuals on disability, not 12 million. (60 Minutes added in the children of disabled Americans who get assistance.)
Steve Goss, the SSA's actuary could have also explained that because the demographic of the United States is aging, Baby Boomers coming into retirement age, the prevalence of disability goes up.
The Social Security commissioners could have also corrected the misinformation about SSDI being easy to get, as could anyone who's ever been through the process. Two-thirds of all applicants are initially denied, though 10% or so of all applicants win benefits on appeal. All in all, 41% of all applicants end up with checks and that process can take years. Welfare workers who have worked with individuals applying for SSDI have a code for individuals who die of their disabilities before receiving benefits - Disability Approval through Death. Sound easy to you?
It's truly a shame that 60 minutes saw fit to do such a poor job of research on this important issue. Perhaps individuals who have been through the process should contact 60 Minutes and share their experiences. Maybe when they see how inaccurate and skewed they were, they will reassess the issue.
EDGEWOOD, KY (FOX19) - R.C. Hinsdale Elementary students received a visit from a former Paralympian on Tuesday, Sept. 10.Jacob Counts, a professional wheelchair basketball player, talked to students about his experiences on and off the ...
Center for Accessible Living NKY's insight:
Great program for students to teach them about disability and inclusion.
AbleNet University has a vast library of recorded webinars that are available to you free of charge. Simply visit www.ablenetinc.com/au when you have time and select from topics such as AAC, access to iDevices, assistive technology strategies, and more.
WASHINGTON -- At least 200 people with disabilities set up camp outside a House office building on Monday and occupied the halls inside, demanding that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stop trying to delay or defund Obamacare.
Dying patients could someday receive a 3D-printed organ made from their own cells rather than wait on long lists for the short supply of organ transplants. Such a futuristic dream remains far from reality, but university labs and private companies have already taken the first careful steps by using 3D-printing technology to build tiny chunks of organs.
Using an e-reader may help some dyslexic students understand what they read more effectively, researchers at Harvard University argue.In a paper published in the journal PLOS One, the authors found that…...
Working is very important to many individuals. The onset of a disability, like Multiple Sclerosis,
may make it more difficult to continue working in the same capacity as prior to a diagnosis. There may be numerous resources available through you employer, disability insurance provide or others to provide supports for continuing employment.
Before making the decision to decrease or end employment, join us on 10/16/13 to learn about:
Creating your vision for working and managing a disability. Strategies to protect your productivity. How to define gaps in functionality. Understanding what your private disability insurance can provide.
In 2011, Acorda Therapuetics, a leader in pharmaceuticals for nervous system disorders, teamed up with National Disability Institute and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, to sponsor a Financial Wellness webinar series and survey of people living with Multiple Scleroris (MS). The survey results uncovered major areas of need for those living with MS, regarding financial wellness and common financial practices and helped shaped the content of the Financial Wellness Webinar series.
For more information on NDI's Financial Webinar Series, read the press release or webinar information page.
*Please note this webinar will be captioned.
National Disability Institute's Financial Wellness Webinar Series is sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics.
Athlete, actor and activist Aimee Mullins talks about her prosthetic legs -- she's got a dozen amazing pairs -- and the superpowers they grant her: speed, beauty, an extra 6 inches of height ... Quite simply, she redefines what the body can be.
Music education is a proven way for aiding in the development of your child’s brain. Exposure to music can aid in language development, increasing IQ as well as spatial-temporal intelligence reports an article from PBS.
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