Social Security Disability: Securing benefits for those in need

The saying, “If you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” rings particularly true for two local men in Wisconsin. In fact, they bring a whole new dimension to the phrase. Two disabled men in our state have been brought together seemingly by fate to help one another and to lobby for Social Security Disability benefits and other programs for people with disabilities.

One man has cerebral palsy and has impaired mobility, while the other has upper body mobility but experienced disability at the age of 21 due to multiple sclerosis, hypertension and diabetes. Both men fear for the future of Social Security Disability benefits and other programs for individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin. They are doing everything in their power to advocate for and secure future benefits for themselves and others with disabilities.

The men combine their benefits and offer support to one another, which is how they are able to live independently. By acting as a caregiver to the other, the men are able to receive further compensation for their efforts. They have started a grassroots group backing people with disabilities.

The success story that these two men demonstrate is an inspiration to those seeking Social Security Disability Income benefits. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life functions. Social Security Disability benefits may be difficult to attain initially and the process can seem daunting, but seeking the right assistance can help preserve one’s legal rights and guide applicants through the process to secure all applicable benefits.

Source: milwakeenns.org, Disabled friends fear changes will threaten independence, Andrea Waxman, Sept. 23, 2013

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