Recommended Resources: Disability and Social Security

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Here in the U.S., many of us receive benefits like medical insurance from our jobs. However, these can sometimes be insufficient or have gaps when it comes to disabilities. Social Security’s disability benefits can provide or supplement for students and/or employees with disabilities.

Social Security Administration's Disability section of their blog

SSA Disability Blog

The disability section of the Social Security Administration (SSA) blog publishes information pertaining to Social Security benefits and policies regarding disabilities. Article topics range from benefits for specific disabilities, diseases, and conditions, to common questions, to program updates and changes. The blog also includes subjects about disabilities more broadly, including information and resources on rights, accommodations, financial literacy, and additional programs outside of Social Security that can help people with disabilities. Readers can subscribe to the SSA newsletter; connect with the SSA via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn; access the SSA’s online services; and easily navigate to other SSA resources beyond disability.


Social Security Disability News front page

Social Security Disability News

Social Security Disability News is run by the West Coast Disability Legal Center. The blog covers information to help people navigate the complex Social Security Disability system, especially regarding insurance claims and income. Recent topics include the SSA’s cost-of-living adjustment for 2023, and updated glossary of terms, and the conditions that now qualify for the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances. Readers can navigate through the blog’s archive through the right sidebar, organized by year and month, and reach out to the center with questions.


National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives front page

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives

Unfortunately, there may instances where students and/or employees with disabilities run into issues when trying to apply for or utilize Social Security benefits. In such a case, it may be helpful to reach out to an organization that can provide advice or guidance, or if need be, legal aid and representation. One such organization is the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) is an association of attorneys and advocates who aid and represent people seeking or currently utilizing Social Security disability benefits, and provide resources for other attorneys. In the “Social Security Basics” tab, they provide concise and easy-to-understand information about the available benefits, eligibility, the application process, what to do if a claim has been denied, and more. They also have a blog, found under the “News” tab, which keeps abreast of Social Security news, and a lawyer referral service, which connects people with attorneys in their area.

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