How-tos and Questions About Filing for Disability
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How-tos and Questions About Filing for Disability

I am honored that Alison invited me to write a post about filing for disability from an attorney’s perspective. I hope to answer some of the most common questions claimants ask in regards to filing for disability. But first, let me introduce myself. My name is Tatiana Froes. I am a disability attorney practicing disability…

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…

Can you get married on disability? The reasons I won’t
Strategizing for success | Getting Government assistance

Can you get married on disability? The reasons I won’t

While I’ve talked about this a bit previously, I want to dig a bit more into the idea of getting or staying married while on disability coverage. The first and most basic thing that I want to emphasize is that this is a choice and that there’s no automatically right or wrong answer. What there…

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…

How does Medicare work and how do I get it?
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

How does Medicare work and how do I get it?

We are now approaching the beginning of the open enrollment period for Medicare. This year(2020 coverage), it runs from October 15 to December 7. This is the time period where we can finalize our plans, adjust our coverage if necessary, and commit to the coverage, and type of coverage, that we will receive for the following…

How can I work and not lose my Social Security Disability Insurance?
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How can I work and not lose my Social Security Disability Insurance?

SSA does actually have an entire program to help people with disabilities return to work.  It is called Ticket to Work.  Whether you are on SSI or SSDI you can request a Ticket to help yourself learn new skills, find work, or rethink your career goals. It’s a voluntary program that will help you with…

Advocating for disability rights as a member of the community
Social connections | Strategizing for success

Advocating for disability rights as a member of the community

So often, people with disabilities are pretty much automatically ignored, put down, or ostracized by our communities. There are a lot of contributing factors, but I want to talk about some of those factors here today, as well as discuss what we can do(as individuals) to help the greater disabled community. People with disabilities are…

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…

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)…