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Are Disability Hate Crimes on the Rise?

Sadly, federal data indicates that the number of hate crimes occurring in America targeting people with disabilities has increased. According to Disability Scoop, there were 95 hate crime offenses related to disability bias that occurred in America in 2014. This was an increase over the 92 that occurred during 2013. The statistics come from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Disability Scoop reports that during the same time, the overall number of hate crimes documented by the FBI decreased in 2014. The data includes “criminal incidents motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or ethnicity.” The data is gathered from law enforcement statistics nationwide. Disability Scoop reported that of the hate crimes reported in 2014, 69 were committed against people with mental disabilities and 26 were aimed at those with physical disabilities. Some jurisdictions have specific laws regarding hate crimes, as those suspected…
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Editorial Claims SSDI Backlog is a “National Disgrace”

Updating a blog post we brought you last week, the Des Moines Register recently had a scathing editorial calling the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) backlog a “national disgrace”. The newspaper recently published a piece in which they reviewed documents showing that a local administrative law judge (ALJ) had such a long backlog of cases that the state had to step in by reassigning many cases to a regional office in Kansas. The Register reported that a record 1 million people are currently waiting for SSDI decisions nationwide, although there are only about 1,500 administrative law judges around the country. This has caused a wait time of around 14 months for hearings, nationally. In the follow-up editorial, the newspaper said the Social Security Administration (SSA) has “been spectacularly unsuccessful in its efforts to reduce the backlog of claims from people seeking disability benefits.” Because of a report a few years…
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SSDI: Do Judge Delays Cause Economic Hardship?

Recently, the Des Moines Register had an interesting story about how administrative law judge (ALJ) delays in Iowa are causing people applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to lose their eligibility, lose their homes and sometimes even die before receiving benefits. The news source reported that one ALJ had delays in cases that became so acute that the state had to step in to help her. One attorney told the Register that her client waited so long for a hearing before the ALJ that her client died. “She conveniently approved (benefits) now that the woman was no longer here,” the attorney told the news source. The ALJ’s backlog became so bad that her cases were reassigned to another regional office in Kansas. “A record 1 million Americans are waiting for decisions on [SSDI] benefits from the roughly 1,500 administrative law judges around the country,” the Register reported. “The Office of…
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