How will moving affect my disability benefits?
Overcoming Obstacles | Getting Government assistance

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….

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…

Can you travel while on disability?
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Can you travel while on disability?

Traveling on disability is simultaneously an attractive idea and a serious challenge.  The idea of not needing to live in one place and developing a nomadic lifestyle feels appealing to me, and I am sure to many others as well.   Once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of your condition, and once you have…

Can you get disability if you have never worked?(What is SSI)
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Can you get disability if you have never worked?(What is SSI)

The short answer is: probably if you are ‘disabled enough’.   Supplemental Security Income(SSI) is a needs-based program specifically designed to help people who do not have the work history to apply for SSDI.  Generally, these are people who have been affected by their condition since birth or childhood, or who have spent long periods of…

Can you work while applying for disability?
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Can you work while applying for disability?

I was fortunate enough to never need to ask that question. When I applied, I was physically unable to work due to symptoms and had lost two jobs in the previous three months.  My parents helped me through the wait financially, and I focused on my treatments and healing process.  I did not even think…

Maintaining mental health while filing for disability
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Maintaining mental health while filing for disability

Filing for disability put me in a depressive funk that left me exhausted, and the process of filing the paperwork literally took me weeks because I couldn’t work on it for more than ten to fifteen minutes at a time before I was physically unable to continue.  Filing for disability, in itself, was an emotional…