SSA Launches Awareness Initiative

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced recently that it has launched an awareness initiative called “The Faces and Facts of Disability.”

The campaign focuses on educating the public about the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and dispelling myths. The SSA has also launched a website for the campaign, which can be found by clicking here.

The campaign includes fact sheets, newsletters, articles, posters, social media content, slides and web widgets to raise SSDI awareness, which can be uploaded to websites in order to spread the word.

“It is often said that knowledge is power,” Maria Artista-Cuchna, acting associate commissioner for external affairs said in a press release. “By arming the public with facts about our disability program and telling some of our beneficiaries’ stories, together we can empower people to draw their own informed conclusions about SSDI and the vital social support it offers.”

SSDI recipients are also being asked to share their stories with the website. It is good that the SSA is actively trying to dispel SSDI myths using facts. Among the biggest issues facing the program are misconceptions as it grows in numbers.

According to the SSA, disability program growth is due to:

  • The baby boomers (people born in 1946 through 1965) reached their most disability-prone years between 1990 and 2011; and
  • More women have joined the workforce in the past few decades and have worked consistently enough to qualify for benefits if they become disabled.

How Do I Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?

We say this often in our blogs, but remember that in order to qualify for SSDI you need to have earned work credits, meaning it is not an entitlement program. If you have questions about SSDI benefits and qualifications, contact our attorneys today.

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