Can you get disability if you have FND?
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Can you get disability if you have FND?

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a relatively common (though rarely properly diagnosed) condition. I was diagnosed in 2003 when it was still being called Conversion Disorder (and labeled as a mental illness rather than a neurological condition). I want to be really clear about this: the condition you have (your diagnosis) is less impactful on…

Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny
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Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny

As I’ve mentioned on previous posts, you can work while on SSI or SSDI. There are programs, like Ticket to Work and Vocational Rehab programs that can help with the process. However, the reality is that while they can give you information about working, they often are only prepared to help you with calculations related…

How to take care of yourself while applying for government support
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How to take care of yourself while applying for government support

I’ve written about why shame is often attached to utilizing social welfare programs. This post digs more deeply into truths we can recognize and mindsets we can embrace to help protect ourselves from that shame while we use these programs designed to help us. We all use Social welfare programs It’s interesting that we often…

What does it mean to ‘go on disability’?
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What does it mean to ‘go on disability’?

The honest answer is that there are a lot of possible meanings. The most typical at this point is to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits(SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance(SSI), but there really are a lot of additional types of ‘disability’ benefits, each of which has its own set of rules, regulations, and durations. This…

When social welfare programs fail to work
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When social welfare programs fail to work

It’s that time again, I’m writing in response to A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  March prompts: weighing, targeting, being, doing, staying This month, I was inspired by the struggles my partner Al and I have been having the past few months with three different programs designed to help our most needy populations: Medicaid, LiHEAP(Low-income Heat and…