Does the government help me work after I get disability?
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Does the government help me work after I get disability?

In theory, the federal and state government are very supportive of people with disabilities returning to work. While the practice leaves something to be desired, you definitely can get help with expanding your training or education after becoming disabled, as long as the goal is to become more employable and return to work. Some programs…

How will moving affect my disability benefits?
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How will moving affect my disability benefits?

One of those huge changes in life is moving from one home to another. When you’re living with a disability, the need for accommodations may require you to move for your own safety, or changes in your financial situation may require you to move to different(often less expensive) housing. Sometimes, some of us may even…

Government help affording food: SNAP benefits
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Government help affording food: SNAP benefits

Like many people on disability, I have had points where I applied for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) benefits, often referred to as food stamps. SNAP benefits are one of those programs that often get mentioned in politics, and is a vital program to help increase food security among the most in-need populations in the country….

What is SSDI and how does it work?
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What is SSDI and how does it work?

SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance, which is one of two programs to support people who are too disabled to work. SSDI is specifically for people who have enough of a work history that they would be eligible for social security benefits when they retire. This program is run by the Social Security Administration(SSA)…

How filing for disability hurts you(and why you need to do it anyway)
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How filing for disability hurts you(and why you need to do it anyway)

I’m not trying to be discouraging or to tell you not to apply.  I have been supported by SSDI(social security disability insurance) for well over 15 years, and I know that my quality of life would be much worse if I were not on this program.   What I do want to do is give…

Health insurance – what are my options?
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Health insurance – what are my options?

Health insurance is a large and complicated issue in the US.  I want to talk about the practical considerations of health insurance and health insurance choices. Choosing your health insurance program can have a dramatic effect on your monthly expenses and your quality of life – so doing a bit of research and work now…

Waiting for disability: what to do with yourself between application and decision
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Waiting for disability: what to do with yourself between application and decision

There is a lot of information out there about what you can’t do – working after you have applied for disability is risky.  Furthering your education is also a dicey proposition.  During those months to years of waiting for a decision to be reached, what can you do?  What should you do?  Do you really…

Going to college with a disability: academic accommodations
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Going to college with a disability: academic accommodations

So you are going to college!  College is an exciting experience for anybody, but when you are managing a disabling condition, it’s vital that you consider your school’s willingness to provide accommodations to you based upon your disability. Accommodations research to help you decide where to go If you are going to need accommodations in…

Can I go to school while on disability?
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Can I go to school while on disability?

The question of attending school is an important one, as education is an important aspect of personal development.   Students with disabilities who are under 21 Children are always expected to receive schooling, including children with disabilities.  Most children with disabilities have an Individualized Education Plan(IEP), which spells out parent and teacher expectations for the…