Monthly Archives: August 2013

NOSSCR Honors Social Security System on 78th Anniversary

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) issued a press release last week honoring the anniversary of the Social Security system. The Social Security system was signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, and encompasses Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). “SSDI benefits are very modest, and there are very strict requirements for eligibility – in fact, only 40 percent of those who apply are ever approved – but the importance of the program to the 8 million Americans who depend on it cannot be overstated,” Debra Shifrin, President of NOSSCR said in the release. “As an advocate for people with disabilities I see people’s lives impacted by this program every single day: families who may lose a house because of mounting bills, a brother who feels like a burden when he asks family members to drive him to the doctor…
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Shawnee Schools Struggle With ADA Compliance

According to KWTV-TV, Shawnee Public Schools is working to fix playgrounds after a complaint was made public from a couple who said their son struggled at his school playground because of his disabilities. The television station reported that the parents want playgrounds in the district that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The station reported that none of the school district’s elementary school playgrounds are up to ADA specifications. Ken and Dwyn Stafford have been pushing for ADA compliance for their son Luke, 6, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. The Stafford family said that trips to the district’s playgrounds have been unsuccessful, with Luke unable to fit into equipment, leaving him unable to play with other kids. Mark Moore, Shawnee’s School Superintendent, told KWTV that the district is working to resolve the ADA issues. There are more than 600 school districts across the state that may have schools…
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Oklahoma is the Fourth Most Dangerous State For Employees

TIME Magazine recently ran a story titled The Most Dangerous States to Work in America—And the Most Dangerous Jobs to Have in Them, which listed states ranked by their workplace-injury rates. According to TIME, the data used for the article was collected from 2011 U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, detailing the most dangerous industries by locations based on the rates of injuries that are serious enough to involve ‘days of job transfer or restriction’. Oklahoma ranked fourth, in a tie with Connecticut, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Alabama, with 0.9 cases of injury or illnesses per 100 workers. Maine was first with a 1.4 rate, Indiana was second with a 1.1 rate and California was third with a 1.0 rate. The most dangerous jobs fields were occupations relating to amusement parks/arcades, animal slaughtering and processing, beverage manufacturing, foundries and nursing care facilities. If you are ever injured…
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Diabetes May Increase Risk for Disability By 50 Percent

According to U.S. News & World Report, studies suggest that people with diabetes may have a 50 percent higher risk of obtaining a disability than people without the disease. “We found that diabetes increased the risk of disability by 50 percent to 80 percent compared to those without diabetes, and this result was consistent across all types of disability,” Anna Peeters, head of obesity and population health at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia told U.S. News & World Report. “The results of this study are particularly important in the context of an aging population and increasing diabetes prevalence over time,” Peters said, according to U.S. News & World Report. “In combination, this suggests a substantial increase in the burden of disability in the elderly in coming decades.” The news service reported that 347 million adults worldwide had diabetes in 2008. The blood sugar disease can lead…
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