SSA Webinars now in session

It used to be that if you wanted to get information, particularly information regarding government programs, you likely had to drive to the nearest branch office (which was likely not near enough to be convenient), wait in line, and ask several different people the same question (usually phrased a number of different ways) before you got anything that even remotely resembled assistance. And if the information you needed was to be delivered via a seminar, it meant that you had to carve time out of your schedule.Thankfully, those days are gone.

If you need information regarding certain topics pertaining to your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or other Social Security programs, you may be able to attend a webinar. “What is a webinar?” you may be asking. Well, a webinar is a lot like a seminar that comes to you, right in your home. The best part is that you don’t have to schedule it; it can start when you decide. While you may have the option to watch it live as it happens, you may also watch it later if the live presentation doesn’t fit into your schedule. You won’t miss anything.

Here are a few more advantages to webinars:

  • You can watch from the comfort of your own computer chair, or maybe even your recliner. No more of those horribly uncomfortable metal folding chairs.
  • If you don’t hear something well, you have the ability to turn the volume up.
  • If you miss something, or want to hear it again, you can back up in much the same way you would if you were watching a movie on video.

The Social Security Administration has posted a number of webinars on their website. Just go to: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars

There are webinars posted dealing with a variety of topics, and they are being updated periodically. Some current topics include benefits for Wounded Warriors, how to apply for disability benefits online, and representative payees. Even if you find a topic that doesn’t relate directly to you, the webinar may contain some information which may be useful to you or to someone you know.

Webinars are free, but the information they contain may be priceless. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. It is recommended that you have a high-speed connection such as cable or DSL; dial-up connections may be too slow.