(@ssa100)

Social Security

Informed Decisions

How can parents and families be educated and encouraged along with kids about the risks and rewards of working and earning enough to go off benefits?

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(@ssa100)

Social Security

Relationships with Service Organizations

Describe the ideal relationship for youth and their families with the school, provider agencies, and other support systems that builds a culture of work and financial independence for youth with disabilities. How young should the kids be when the system starts coordinating? How can we better idnetify kids receiving benefits so they receive appropriate supports?

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(@ssa100)

Social Security

Raising Expectations

How can we raise expectations about the level of work and earnings that is possible for youth with disabilities, and how can we raise those for ALL stakeholders, not just youth and families, but schools, VR agencies, and others?

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(@icyis01)

Social Security

Ability to Save for a Child

As a parent, the responsible thing to do for my daughter is to save money in a college fund for her. However, because she is a minor, the account should legally be in my name. According to current SSI and Medicaid guidelines, I cannot have more than $1500 between my checking and savings account so it is impossible for me to save money for her. Of course, I know there are ways around this but it should not be difficult... View full idea »

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(@debi.schwartz)

Social Security

SSA's AWICs

Social Security's trained corp of specialists, AWICs, are located in communities throughout the country. They are often seen as the "go-to" person with SSA to resolve transitional youth issues. By providing additional funding for the AWICs to go into the communities to attend transition meetings, visit high schools and vocational training centers, we can maximize our strained federal budgets and provide outstanding... View full idea »

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(@charles.killen)

Social Security

Use Current Resources before/in addition to Outside Resources

With the AWIC (Area Work Incentives Coordinatior), PAS (Public Affairs Specialist), and PASS (Plan for Achieving Self Support) Cadre positions, SSA (Social Security Administration) has a valuable trained and experienced core of expert employees that specialize in these areas. Allowing additional funding for outreach - outreach on which the community advocates and educators can rely will provide consistent information... View full idea »

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(@drb220)

Social Security

Drop the Age of Ticket Eligibility to 16

Consider dropping the age of ticket-to-work eligibility to age 16, and adjust the milestones so that schools can receive ticket payments when students work. That will provide an outcomes-based revenue stream, building capacity while advancing an evidence-based practice:

http://ilr-edi-r1.ilr.cornell.edu/nymakesworkpay/rpm-transition.cfm

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(@scubaquad)

Social Security

Time Limited SSDI Benefits

The amount of SSDI $ paid out to Americans with disabilities continues to rise at what can be considered an alarming rate. One possible solution is to put a time limit on some benefits. For example: If someone was performing physical labor and they now have joint or back problems that prevent them from performing their job duties, award that person benefits for the time period necessary to be retrained for employment... View full idea »

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(@catohare)

Social Security

Support the family caregivers

It is not an uncommon situation for a parent of a child with a serious and debilitating disability to leave their job to take care of their child in the home. Families in this situation should receive some type of benefit or deduction and receive financial credit for the lost income.

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(@alleyoop1962)

Social Security

Social Security

My 15 year old son has Duchennes MD. He can no longer walk, in a wheel chair full time. He can not do anything without help. He is 100% dependent on someone to care him, he can not be alone. I was told there was a program where I could be a paid care giver for him. I applied for the program but was turned down because his IQ was too high. They said only a few disabilities don't require low IQ,( ie cerebral palsy., blindness)... View full idea »

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(@sljvmtprices)

Social Security

Reporting Income Each Month for SSI

One of my biggest frustrations is reporting my son's income EVERY month. I have to gather the check stubs and send them in. Someone at SSA has to enter that into their system and then calculate his SSI for two months later. It seems horribly inefficient to do that each month. Isn't there a way to do some kind of average for a longer period of time say 3 to 6 months and adjust the SSI payment for that period of time.... View full idea »

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