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Man Overcomes Troubled Youth, Lives Modestly Off SSDI and is Looking for More

The Austin American-Statesman had a story last month about a young man who attempted to commit suicide when he was 14-years-old, after struggling through foster care. According to the American-Statesman, Kenneth Daniels, now 20, lives off Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of a failed suicide attempt. Daniels, who suffered from severe depression after growing up in a broken home and living in foster care, attempted to kill himself after several moves across the state of Texas. Daniels, whose mother abandoned him when he was 2-years-old and father was in-and-out of prison, bounced around from foster care to his paternal grandparents home. After one of his grandparents died and he was sent away to a boarding school, he attempted to run away several times and shot himself. “I’d planned it out for about two weeks,” Daniels said, according to the American-Statesman. “I felt like there was no way out of…
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Tulsa Disability Attorney: Chained CPI Talks Heat Up

Last week, the Kansas City Star reported that congressional budget negotiations are currently taking place that may affect Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits, including those that go to seniors, veterans and the disabled. According to the Star, the consumer price index (CPI) is the “government’s main gauge of inflation and is used to determine cost-of-living adjustments, often shorthanded as COLAs.” The newspaper reported that President Barack Obama announced earlier this year a less generous “chained” CPI, in the hopes of saving the government $230 billion over the next ten years. To read more about chained CPI, you can read a blog post we wrote about the issue this spring. According to the Star, chained CPI is now being discussed as a possible solution to pending budget issues, especially among conservatives. However, some officials and interest groups are vehemently opposed to the measure, and they have been organizing protests in Washington….
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Leading Disability Causes Include Heart Disease, Arthritis, Cancer and Diabetes, Among Others

We blogged recently about how severe depression was the second leading cause of disability worldwide. Recently, we came across a WebMD feature series titled “50+: Live Better Longer”, which was reviewed by a medical doctor and focused on the leading causes of disability. The piece states that your odds of becoming disabled before you retire are about 1 in 3, with some of the top causes for disability being arthritis, back pain, heart disease, cancer, depression and diabetes. The piece broke down each cause, highlighting statistics behind each problem. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Problems According to WebMD, arthritis and musculoskeletal problems are the most common causes of long-term disability, with about 1 in 3 people saying arthritis affects his or her ability to do a job in some capacity. Musculoskeletal issues can also include back problems, and complications with bones and joints. Heart Disease WebMD reported that heart disease and stroke…
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Disabled Voters Still Running Into Issues at Polling Stations

The website DisabilityScoop reported last week that legal, physical and attitude barriers at polling stations are causing problems for voters with disabilities. According to the website, during the 2012 election cycle, 1 in 5 voters with disabilities said that they were kept from casting a ballot because they encountered hurdles around polling areas, including rude or condescending attitudes from election workers. The news comes from a report done by the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency. “Overall, the council found that problems were widespread,” DisabilityScoop reported. “Nearly 40 percent of voters with disabilities said their polling place was physically inaccessible and almost half indicated that technology was problematic.” The report also found that state laws have begun to limit the right to vote for people with disabilities who are under guardianships. “People with disabilities make up approximately 1 in 5 of our nation’s population and yet 70 percent…
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Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Denounces ‘60 Minutes’ Disability Report

The fallout from a CBS News story that ran on 60 Minutes titled “Disability, USA” continues to mount, as the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) released a statement condemning the report. “The remarkable aspect of this story is that it completely ignored all the comments from experts in the field in response to the This American Life piece pointing out that fraud is in fact not rampant in the disability program,” the CEPR reported. This American Life, produced by National Public Radio, ran a similarly erroneous piece on disability benefits this spring that many news outlets debunked. “There were any number of experts who could have been interviewed on this topic to counterbalance the views of a far-right senator who is best known as a denier of global warming (Tom Coburn),” CEPR said. “But [60 Minutes] apparently could not be bothered to present a more balanced picture of…
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