man with dogOutlook Attitude

Many in the health community want to judge a person’s chronic pain level by their level of depression. One lawyer said that a red flag to the Social Security Administration is an applicant who complains of chronic pain but is not taking anti-depressant medications. Many psychologists believe that chronic pain and depression go hand in hand. Some people believe that a person cannot be in chronic pain and not have depression or be undergoing medicinal or therapeutic treatment for depression.  However, there are a few chronic pain sufferers who are able to rise above their everyday circumstances and maintain a positive attitude and outlook and seem to defy depression.

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SSA-LogoSocial Security Disability Statistics for June 2014

Number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are disabled, under age 65-     14,298,000 (includes children receiving SSI)
Receiving SSI only-       4,657,000.

The average monthly benefit amount for a disabled worker was $1,145.61.  

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medical doctorDeveloping Medical Records With No Money

One of the many problems associated with the Social Security disability benefits application process is the necessary medical review. The Administration makes it very clear that they want to see a well-documented history of the medical problem causing your disability. The best option is to routinely visit a regular doctor where a clear medical record can be gathered. It can also is very beneficial to have multiple, unrelated doctors provide the same diagnosis, as long as you are not doctor-hopping for medications. Unfortunately the only way to get a good medical history is to go to doctors and doctors tend to cost a lot of money. However, there are a couple of options that might assist you in developing a medical history when money is not available.

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male advocateExperiences of a Wife's Advocate

Advocate- Someone who speaks on another person’s behalf.

Every person with a disability needs a good advocate. There are several reasons for this. Sometimes people are more willing to listen to a third party. Sometimes the person with the disability is just too physically or emotionally tired to stand up for themselves. Sometimes the offending party will back down when there is more than one person they have to fight.

Proper advocating is not easy. It takes both intestinal fortitude and wisdom; fortitude to continue to stand up when the fight is not going your way and wisdom to know which battles to fight and which to let go.

I have been advocating for my wife for over ten very long years now. I can honestly say her daily life is better today because she had someone willing to stand up for her and fight her battles. My wife is a strong person, but is non-confrontational. Both are good traits to have in general life, but sometimes a meek personality does not get you where you need to be when it concerns doctors, insurance and the government.

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giraffesGet Ready for a Road Trip!

The arrival of summer heralds in trip-taking season. Most family trips are major undertakings any way, but making adjustments for a fellow traveler with a disability can add to the challenge. The websites listed here are designed to help remove some of the angst and make the family trip smoother as well as give some far-out ideas for your summer excursion.

Traveling With Children With Physical Disabilities

Accessible Playground
Children often have difficulty when cooped up in a car for long periods of time. Providing opportunities for energy release may help the trip flow much smoother. Accessible provides a list of about 800 playgrounds in the U.S. that are designed for children with disabilities. Readers are encouraged to list accessible playgrounds that are not already listed and to make corrections in the event provided information is wrong or incomplete.

International Exploration with Disabilities

Flying Wheels Travel

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