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SSA Hosting Disability Forum to Modernize Vocational Rules

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Disability Help Group

When the Social Security Administration (SSA) performs a disability determination, one of the main questions they ask is regarding the applicant’s ability to work. To obtain disability benefits, the applicant’s disabling condition must prevent them from performing any job in the national economy. This means that their disability must not only prevent them from working at their current job, but any other job that they are qualified to perform.

Ever since the vocational rules were first published in 1978, the criteria for determining work ability and availability has been met with opposition and disagreement among officials and the general public. Many have raised concerns that the realities of employment in today’s economy make it extremely difficult for a disabled applicant to meet the vocational limitation criteria.

In order to gain a better insight into the barriers disabled individuals meet when trying to find substantial gainful employment, the SSA will be hosting a National Disability Forum on Friday, November 20 in Washington D.C. The forum will include a panel of experts discussing how certain non-health circumstances such as education, age, and work experience can prevent a disabled person from obtaining a job they are technically qualified to perform.

The SSA is encouraging anyone interested in providing comments following the panel to do so by reviewing the public record, which will be created once the event is complete. The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule-making in the Federal Register will be updated and the complete National Disability Forum can be read by going to www.regulations.gov and searching for SSA-2014-0081-0001. You can leave comments online through December 14.

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One of the most common reasons a Social Security disability claim is denied is because the Social Security Administration believes that a disabled individual can still find and do another job. Many claimants live in areas where even non-disabled individuals cannot find employment, an economic factor that is usually not considered in a disability application. If your claim was denied due to any reason – vocational, medical, or financial – contact us online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!