Monthly Archives: March 2013

Study Finds That 20 Percent of Doctors’ Offices Are Inaccessible to the Disabled

An Annals of Internal Medicine study suggests that 20 percent of doctors’ offices are inaccessible to people with disabilities. Researchers contacted facilities in Boston, Dallas, Houston and Portland, and gave them a fictitious patient, indicating that a wheelchair would be needed to transport the patient. They also said that “he or she” would be unable to transfer without assistance from a chair to an exam table. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), doctors must provide “full and equal access to their health care services and facilities.” The study found that 22 percent of the doctor offices researchers called could not accommodate a handicap patient. This information is concerning for people who may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. In order to obtain benefits, a person may be required to schedule a consultative examination with a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist. Only in cases of severe disabilities are…
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Disabled Workers Make Less Money, Less Likely to Obtain Jobs

According to a story on disabilityscoop.com, people with disabilities are three times less likely to obtain a job while those who are working earn 75 cents for every dollar their contemporaries earn. The story cited statistics provided by the United States Census Bureau, which showed that between 2008 and 2010, people with disabilities accounted for 6 percent of the workforce. Most of the employed disabled individuals were working in service or support roles, with positions like janitors or building cleaners, cashiers, dishwashers and retail sales. Because of the positions they occupy, more than 50 percent of disabled workers earn less than $25,000 annually. “Even within the largest occupations, employed workers with disabilities, on average, earned less than similarly employed workers without disabilities,” Jennifer Cheeseman Day, the assistant chief for employment characteristics at the Census Bureau told disabilityscoop.com In order for a person to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Blind Americans Less Likely to Find Employment

The New York Times reported that many employers are skeptical about hiring legally blind workers, as they feel like visually-impaired employees are more inclined to be involved in workplace accidents and less reliable than other candidates for hire. The Times story used statistics provided by the nonprofit National Industries for the Blind (NIB) for their story. The nonprofit polled 400 human resources and hiring managers at various U.S. companies and found that: Most respondents (54 percent) felt there were few jobs at their company that blind employees could perform, and 45 percent said accommodating such workers would require “considerable expense.” Forty-two percent of hiring managers believe blind employees need someone to assist them on the job; 34 percent said blind workers are more likely to have work-related accidents. One-quarter of respondents said blind employees are “more sensitive” than other employees; the same percentage said they were “more difficult to supervise.”…
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Understanding Back Payments and SSDI Benefits

Last week, when we discussed the upcoming federal income tax deadline and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, we mentioned that your tax return could be affected by any owed back payments. Back payments occur when the Social Security Administration (SSA) awards you compensation for the months between the date you applied for disability benefits and the date you were approved for benefits. Factors in Determining Back Payments For people applying for SSDI, there are three factors in determining back payment dates: The onset date: This is the date when you became disabled and were left unable to work. The application date: This is the date the SSA received your application. The waiting period: This waiting period takes place when you apply and when you can start collecting payments. After a mandatory waiting period, if your application is approved, you will receive an initial payment. However, be aware that you…
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