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!