Cancer Basket Therapy

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Will the use of basket therapies mean certain SSA listings criteria will become less relevant? For example, basket clinical trials have had remarkable success. The drugs and drug combinations they test have shown remarkable success managing cancers that doctors consider inoperable or unresectable. Are current SSA listings requiring a cancer to be inoperable or unresectable still relevant if drugs that target the cancer’s ...more »

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Cancer Basket Therapy

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Many SSA listings criteria allow a finding of disabled if the cancer is persistent or progressive after initial anticancer treatment. Should basket treatment be considered the initial anticancer therapy if it is not effective, but traditional anticancer treatment (for example, surgery or radiation therapy) tried later is effective?

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National Disability Coalition (Winter 2015)

CareerACCESS

Career ACCESS pilot programs will be created by changes in federal policy aimed at significantly increasing the employment rate of people with disabilities by expecting young adults with disabilities ages 18 through 30 to work. CareerACCESS will provide required support and services recognizing that disability benefits are offsets to the high costs of disability rather than subsidies for the inability to work.

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Evaluation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

More on Lesser Known Symptoms

What lesser-known symptoms of PTSD might be helpful for adjudicators to know about, and what professional sources support this information? a. Chronic sleep deprivation Chronic partial sleep deprivation is a known symptom of trauma or stressor related disorders. In our experience adjudicators often misunderstand its effects perhaps due to not fully understanding the impact it can have on function. When we mention chronic ...more »

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What lesser-known symptoms of PTSD important for adjudicators?

Some of the (lesser known?) symptoms might include irritability, social anxiety (not wanting to go out in public, avoiding crowded places), self-medicating with alcohol / drugs, emotional withdrawal from friends/family, depression, etc. The symptoms of PTSD are quite similar to those of depression, and also nearly identical to those of POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME / MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY. For example, many of our returning ...more »

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National Disability Forum: March 2016

Severity

At what level do impairment-related limitations in attention, concentration, and persistence cause off-task behavior to the extent a person could not do any job on the national economy? What research supports this threshold?

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National Disability Forum: March 2016

Other Limitations

Are there related limitations besides attention, concentration, and persistence that affect a person’s ability to focus on tasks? How severe would they need to be to prevent someone from working? What previous research supports these suggestions?

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Inaugural NDC Post Meeting Comment Forum

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors

I strongly support and encourage the role and use of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Vocational Experts in Social Security Administration, public and private disability claims in assessing an individual’s functional ability as it relates to a work environment. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are uniquely trained in understanding the medical, psychological, social, and vocational effects of disability. Therefore, ...more »

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Family and Friend Input

Many of the symptoms of post-traumatic conditions that produce functional limitations and behaviors are severe but intermittent. For that reason it is critical for adjudicators to consider evidence from non-professional sources in conjunction with evidence from professional sources. It is consistent with the nature of the post-traumatic impairments that particular symptoms might not be consistently present and observable ...more »

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