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May 2013 Archives

Feds launching new success program for teen SSI recipients

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits may be available to children under the age of 18 who suffer from a mental or physical disability recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Additionally, since SSI is a needs-based program, the child also has to have income and resources that are within the eligibility limits. Children eligible for SSI often remain eligible until they turn 18, and at that point may still retain eligibility so long as they meet the SSA's requirements.

The many reasons behind the growing number of SSDI recipients

The Social Security Administration has reported that the number of disabled workers collecting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has more than doubled over the past 20 years, with 11.7 people collecting benefits at the end of 2011. Additionally, the proportion of eligible workers applying for SSDI has also doubled over the past two decades, meaning that more people are being found to qualify for benefits.

Mental disorders on the rise among American children

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in five American children live with mental disabilities and disorders including autism, depression and anxiety. The new report also indicated that mental disorders among American children are rising.

Study links depression to risk of stroke in middle-aged women

Depression is a condition that affects millions of people in California and the rest of the United States. Not only can depression in itself cause serious disruptions in a person's life, it can also potentially increase a person's risk for other health complications.

Report: Fewer people with disabilities able to find work

According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer people with disabilities are members of the labor force even though the disabled population has grown. The bureau began tracking whether people with disabilities are working in June 2008, nearly five years ago. At that time, the bureau found that there were 27.3 million disabled people in the United States and roughly 21.7 percent of them were either employed or looking for a job.

SSA: Immigration bill would be good for Social Security funds

For a while now, news outlets have loudly predicted that the Social Security Disability trust fund is quickly running out of money, and will likely run dry by 2018. However, in a surprising development, the Social Security Administration recently projected that the proposed immigration reform bill might actually save SSD and other Social Security programs.

Diagnostic guide for mental conditions may be replaced

A new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more commonly known as DSM, is set to be released in just a few weeks. However, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health said the agency is planning to move away from how mental conditions are categorized in the DSM.

HUD clarifies disabled tenants' rights to service animals

Many people with mental and physical disabilities rely on service animals to assist them in day-to-day activities. Animals are also often used for therapy purposes in treating the disabled. However, animals can also be a major source of conflict for disabled individuals who rent because of pet restrictions that are imposed by many landlords and housing facilities. Luckily, the federal government recently stepped in to clarify the rights of disabled individuals.

Holding a job a struggle for adults with autism

Recently, CNN featured a report on the often-difficult reality of holding a job for adults with autism. The report involved a 30-year-old woman who has a high-functioning form of autism. Even though the young woman has been hired numerous times during her adult life, her mental impairment has often prevented the jobs from becoming careers.

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