National Disability Forum: March 2016

Employers

What does previous research tell us about employer expectations around productivity? For example, what are employer tolerances for employees being “off task”? Do employers typically make reasonable accommodations in relation to off-task behavior?

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National Disability Forum: October 27, 2016

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How can telehealth help expedite the timely assessment of disability claims at all levels of adjudication? For example, how should we consider evidence of record obtained through a telemedicine interaction? Can telehealth be used to increase the medical and psychological capacity to review claims? Does telehealth offer the potential to increase or enhance the medical expertise during the appeals process or during a ...more »

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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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Financial Independence: Directing the Management of One’s Social Security Benefits

My plan for improving the process for payeeship

How should SSA assess a beneficiary’s ability to direct the management of his or her benefits? In order to make a clear decision on whether or not a person is capable of being their own payee I would suggest asking the person first. Allow them an opportunity to explain why they are capable of being their own payee. Allow them to provide documentation to support why they should be their own payee. Next create a consent ...more »

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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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