June is Scleroderma Awareness Month, a month when groups across the country raise awareness of this potentially debilitating disease, also called systemic sclerosis. It is also a good time to discuss applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) if you have scleroderma.
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 Social Security Administration is constantly working to update their "Listing of Impairments" / list of disorders eligible for Social Security Disability. This year, the SSA will ask for public comment (part of the approval process for such changes) on musculoskeletal disorders.