A recent report from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty states that there are several barriers preventing disabled individuals in the Twin Cities and elsewhere from gaining the financial support they need.
A Bloomberg report released in early May shows an increase in the number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits: 7.1 million Americans collected disability in 2007 while 8.7 million collected benefits in April of this year.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a disease that affects the nerve cells of the spinal cord and brain, causing loss in coordination and muscle strength. As the disease progresses, individuals find it difficult to move and even swallow. Lou Gehrig's disease affects tens of thousands of people in the U.S., with more than 5,500 people diagnosed each year.
The argument that Social Security Disability (SSD) standards have become lax may be popular, but it is mistaken. In fact, the U.S. SSD standards are stricter than those in most other western countries.