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Social Security Disability is Often Misunderstood

Those with disabilities are in a tough predicament: they are challenged by their physical limitations but they want others to know that they are not defined by them.

There are many misconceptions about the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, or SSDI. Some people think that SSDI recipients are taking advantage of the system, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

First, people have to earn Social Security, meaning they have to work long enough to receive the benefits. People who have never worked and who suffer from minor impairments are not eligible for SSD.

Second, the Social Security Administration (SSA) imposes strict requirements for eligibility. For someone to qualify, they must have a serious medical condition that will last at least one year, or result in death. Plus, they must be unable to engage in any substantial work, and this includes light clerical duties.

Essentially, those who are on Social Security Disability are some of the most physically impaired individuals in the U.S., and due to that fact, they depend heavily on their benefits to put a roof over their head and food on the table.

Social Security encourages beneficiaries to return to work, if and when they are able. To that end, the SSA offers many work incentives to help recipients transition back to work.

Social Security Offers Work Incentives

The SSA offers incentives to help able beneficiaries return to work, some of which include:

  • Cash benefits for a period while the beneficiary works,
  • Continued Medicaid or Medicare coverage, and
  • Assistance with education, training, and rehabilitation to start a new line of work that accommodates the beneficiary’s disabilities.

Social Security also has what is called the Ticket to Work program, which gives beneficiaries a “ticket” to return to work while receiving their disability benefits.

Not only is the Ticket to Work program free and voluntary, beneficiaries gain access to an employment network, which helps them with vocational and rehabilitation training, job searching and placement.

Need to file a SSD claim? Contact a Dallas Social Security Disability attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm. We’re happy to help the process go as smooth as possible!