This post is for those who are applying for Social Security Benefits as adults. These individuals actually encompass 80% of those who apply. First, unless Social Security confirms with your doctors that you are internally ill, you are not going to receive benefits right away. The sad fact is, the government does not seem to want to pay out to those who are disabled and living. Nor do they want to pay out to Senior Citizens who have earned the right to have a peaceful retirement during the golden years they have left.
We want a helping hand, not a hand out. We were turned down as kids, because our parent(s) were making over $40,000.00 per year, but it’s even harder to get Disability as a seventeen year old or disabled adult. All this, despite the fact that we are often in a very low income bracket in most cases.
What Does This Mean for Those Who Are With Wheelchairs and Scooters?
I was told on more than once from Social Security, that those with wheelchairs do not have the same rights to benefits as the deaf and the blind do. Their reason is that these individuals came out and fought for their rights in the thousands, with their organizations backing them, while those with wheelchairs did not. There's no doubt, mobility is an issue here.
For young adults with wheelchairs who were turned down for benefits when their parent(s) were making over $40,000 a year, getting approved for benefits is challenging. It shouldn’t be this way. To start off with, you haven’t been working for ten years to pay into Social Security to get decent SSD benefits. So, they may start you off with SSI, which doesn’t pay much. Plus this money gets deducted when you go back to work and make over sixty dollars a week.
For those of you who went into a wheelchair later in life, you will get paid more securely with SSD benefits if you elect to have Social Security benefits and you’re approved. With the benefits, if you want the “Back To Work Ticket”, you’re allowed to earn up to your assigned limit from Social Security, for your second income.
Getting approved for Social Security benefits as an adult, takes three to five years in most cases. The same holds true for most people with wheelchairs and scooters. You have to stop working and say that you can’t work, according to how Social Security defines disability. Your medical team has to sign for you, saying that you can’t work. You will likely be turned down three times. You must appeal all three of them. Then get a SSD lawyer, who you don’t pay out of pocket. They take one third of the retroactive monies that they win for you. In most cases, you would have to be on Social Security benefits to be approved for a subsidized wheelchair equipped apartment to rent.
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