Monthly Archives: August 2018

Is It Becoming Harder to Get Disability Benefits?

The amount of people applying for Social Security disability benefits is going down. This is unexpected news for experts, advocates and political leaders. And though some are celebrating this change in enrollment, others are asking why. Is SSDI Enrollment Going Down? According to The New York Times, new enrollments for Social Security disability benefits have gone down. In 2001, enrollments were at an all-time high of 2.02 million, but those numbers have fallen dramatically. Last year, there were under 1.5 million enrollments, and the downward trend seems to be continuing. The total number of recipients for the program is also going down. Members of the baby boomer generation are reaching retirement age in record numbers. This has caused the number of disability recipients to go down as these people are moved to retirement benefits. This has also extended the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) financial forecast. Just two years ago, the…
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Are Plastic Straw Bans a Disability Access Issue?

Our world is in danger. Plastic trash and debris are piling up in our landfills and oceans, killing wildlife and introducing chemicals into the environment. Businesses and local governments are responding to this threat to our future by issuing hardline bans to stop this pollution. However, are they neglecting the needs of people with disabilities at the same time? Do People with Disabilities Need Straws? McDonald’s has banned single-use plastic straws in its British and Irish stores. Starbucks may follow the fast food chain’s example and ban these items at its stores too. The City of Seattle has banned plastic straws and utensils from its city, and now D.C. is looking to do the same thing. These measures are meant to help save the environment, but are they actually endangering people with disabilities? For some people with disabilities, straws have become a staple of everyday life. For people who have…
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