InfoQuest Winter 2010

by Quest Staff on December 31, 2009 - 1:18am

QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1

Below you'll find information on Social Security, employment help and caregiving resources.

For more on SSDI, see “SSDI: For Some it’s a Surprise Bonus”.

Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
(866) 968-7842
www.socialsecurity.gov/work/PandA.html
This program helps SSDI beneficiaries obtain employment information.

Social Security Administration
(800) 772-1213
www.ssa.gov/disability
www.ssa.gov/pubs/10029.html
The first link goes to a description of how Social Security disability programs work. The second link is to a description of the SSDI application process.

SSA Service Provider Directory
(800) 772-1213
https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/oesp/providers.nsf/bystate
SSA’s online directory, by state, of benefits and assistance agencies that offer free advice.

SSA Ticket to Work Program Manager for Recruitment & Outreach
(877) 743-8237
www.cessi.net/ttw
Ticket to Work resources for employers and SSDI recipients.

Ticket to Work
(866) 968-7842
www.ssa.gov/work/
SSA’s no-cost counseling agency on work and benefits for people with disabilities.

Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Projects
(866) 968-7842
www.ssa.gov/work/wipafactsheet.html
www.cessi.net/ttw/beneficiaries/wipa.html
www.yourtickettowork.com/wipas
WIPA projects are staffed by experts in disability and work who can tell people with disabilities how work and earnings will affect benefits, and explain how the SSA Work Incentives, including the Ticket to Work program, may apply.

The following organizations help SSDI applicants obtain benefits; they charge a fee if benefits are obtained.

Allsup
(800) 854-1418
www.allsup.com

National Association of Disability Representatives
(202) 822-2155
www.nadr.org

National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
(201) 567-4228
www.nosscr.org

 

Check out “In Sickness, in Health and in Love” for some valuable tips on keeping the romance alive when your caregiver also is your partner.

MDA ALS Caregiver’s Guide
www.als-mda.org/Publications/alscare
(800) 572-1717 (your local MDA office)

101 Hints to “Help-with-Ease” for Patients with Neuromuscular Disease
www.mda.org/publications/101hints
(800) 572-1717 (your local MDA office)

National Family Caregiver Association
(800) 896-3650
www.nfcacares.org/caregiving_resources

Share the Care Network
(212) 991-9688 or 9689
www.sharethecarenetwork.com
Also see the book Share the Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is Seriously Ill, January 2004, Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

Caregiver Resource Network
(616) 456-5664
www.caregiverresource.net

Caregivers’ Resources (provided by the U.S. government)
(800) FED INFO (333-4636)
www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Health/caregivers.shtml

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