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fascinating article


Wow! What a find!



This is an article discussing the response of people with significant disabilities to the plight of people with mild disabilities who are attempting to get on Social Security Disability Income due to job loss. It's very insightful. I'll post my comments another time... I'm still digesting it.



http://twinklelittlestar.typepad.com/letter/2006/04/a_tough_disabil.html

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jyyne
Apr. 23rd, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
Thought provoking
Hmmm, wow. I'll be thinking on that a bit, too. It's interesting to me how the author uses diabetes as an example of a minor or hidden disability a few times. I'm not even sure I would consider it a disability per se, although where the line is drawn between chronic illness and disability I don't know, but I like what she had to say about impairment versus disability. There was a debate a while ago in diabetes about whether or not diabetes should be considered a disability, and at the time I said no, but I hadn't thought of it and similar conditions affecting things like employment.

Very interesting, thanks for the link. I may be making my own entry with comments on it!
puppybraille
Apr. 23rd, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Thought provoking
If you didn't read the comments on the entry, I strongly suggest you do. It's an interesting discussion I'll say that.
jyyne
Apr. 23rd, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Thought provoking
Thanks—I didn't realize it had comments. Off to read.
leadinglabbie
Apr. 23rd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I have seen this before. In my last job, I worked with people who had social security disability. Some of them would become extremely agitated if you even suggested the possibility that they might consider working at some point far in the future. In order to get disability, they have to prove that they absolutely cannot work. Those of us who have had disabilities for our entire lives know that the fact that society thinks you can't do something doesn't make it an impossibility. But I think that for some people, once they prove to society that they can't work, they start to believe it. They wouldn't even want to try, because they're afraid of what would happen to health insurance. Sadly, many don't know about the work incentives in the system. Admittedly, these aren't the greatest, but I think many people would feel better if they knew that you're not going to lose Medicare immediately if you start working, etc.

No real substantive things to add here--just wanted to say I think this person is right on the money. I haven't read the comments to the article yet. Thanks for posting the link.
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leadinglabbie
Apr. 24th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Sure. :) I will add you back, if that's OK. We seem to have a lot of the same friends.
datajana
Apr. 25th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
very interesting and thought-provoking article. everything stated I have thought of in the past, especially the part about everyone wanting to be a contributing member to society.

if only more people (especially those working with the SSA) would put that into consideration...
3kitties
Apr. 25th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Absolutely!
I really enjoyed reading this. I need to go read the comments like puppybraille suggested.

Mind if I friend you?
datajana
Apr. 25th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Absolutely!
of course you can friend me!

:)

I spent about half an hour this morning while my fiance had a meeting at work reading/listening to your journal.

The voice post about your dog on Easter, trying to get into the car because he was used to it, was cute.

:)
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