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Top Ways Disability Benefits Can Help You if Approved

Approximately 24.1 million Americans suffer from a severe disability. From dietary restrictions to assistive technology to chronic pain and hospitalizations, millions of people struggle with the accommodations their disabilities require them to make.

These accommodations are costly emotionally, physically, and financially for all involved, and can be discouraging to deal with.

How Does my Work History Affect My Disability Application?

When applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the first step of the process will be to determine if you are currently eligible for disability benefits due to your illness. The SSA uses a medical guide, known as the Blue Book, to determine whether or not a condition is severe enough to warrant disability payments.

While you may be quite ill, not all applicants will qualify for disability benefits through the Blue Book.

In fact, the majority of applicants are initially denied at this step of the process.

How Do I Prove To The SSA I Can’t Be Retrained?

To be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you must prove that you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). The Social Security Administration (SSA) will want to know that you are unable to earn more than $1,260 at any job in which you are “qualified for.”

This means that while your disability may prohibit you from performing at your most recent place of employment, you may have skills that can be used for another job.

Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week

December 1 marks the beginning of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution on November 14, 2011, to help bring about more awareness on the illness. The week of awareness brings together the IBD community in hopes of raising recognition and educating others about IBD. Most hope to someday see a day without their illness.

October: AIDS Awareness Month

As of 2015, over 36 million people around the world currently live with HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that over a million people die of the disease each year.

Thanks to continuing medical advancements, this mortality rate is no longer on the rise. However, treatments can be costly, and are only available to a little more than half of all people suffering from the disease.

Even still, there is also a large stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, which can also contribute to people remaining silent about their diagnosis and failing to seek proper treatment.

February 28th: Rare Disease Day

Most people can hear the words “Alzheimer’s”, “cancer”, or “stroke” and know what you are talking about. This is because these are diseases that, while severe, are relatively common.

But what about the diseases that aren’t as well known.

Millions of Americans and their families are affected by rare diseases every year. On February 28th, these victims are given a platform to speak about their illnesses and raise awareness for the challenges they face every day.

January: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Over 5 million Americans are living with this disease, which is currently the 6th leading cause of death in America. And yet, despite these statistics and continuing research, Alzheimer’s does not yet have a cure.

January is Alzheimer’s awareness month. In honor of those affected by this illness, it is important to understand why this illness is so devastating, how to detect warning signs, how to cope, and how to seek further help.

Applying for Benefits with an Invisible Disability

If you suffer from a disability that makes it so you are unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits. These benefit payments can help you pay for your medical bills and everyday living expenses.

Disability benefits are offered through the Social Security Administration (SSA), and you must be medically and financially eligible in order to receive them.

But how can you apply for disability benefits if your disability is not visually apparent or obvious?

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