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Social workers: Devoted to lending a helping hand

At one time or another, virtually all of us wonder how we can keep doing our best. The stress of everyday life will make the strongest pause sometimes.

For those with disabilities, the stresses of everyday life can be even more of a burden. But we should all remember that the world has its good people, too; people determined to make Newark a better place.

One of those groups of people working every day to improve life for those prevented by disabilities from working is social workers.

We recently came across an article written by a social worker for other social workers, telling them how to be aware and make others aware of the benefits offered by our federal government to people with disabilities.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the resources touted by the social worker is disability.gov. There people can find answers to common questions about government services for the disabled community, get information on Social Security Disability Insurance and its benefits, learn about housing assistance, job training and more.

Caregivers can also find valuable information at the site, as can families who have a member with a disability.

The social worker who wrote the article shared that like so many others, she, too, sometimes feels as if she's on a wild goose chase when trying to locate useful information about disabilities, benefits, services and so on.

SSDI benefits are part of the safety net we often hear about in this country. They provide monthly assistance, as well as medical coverage for millions of people who might otherwise go without.

In some cases, people are also eligible for housing assistance that can take the form of help in locating a suitable residence, or financial assistance with paying rent, money to help with home heating, and so on.

Of course, it's often a complicated, time-consuming process to apply for assistance, especially when it comes to SSDI.

An appeal of an SSDI claim is heard by an administrative judge empowered to deny a claim. That's why so many people who have so much riding on an appeal take the precaution of getting help from an attorney who has successfully been through the appeals process and knows the law and knows how to make the law work.

Source: SocialWorkHelper.com, "Disability.gov Resources Guides for People with Disabilities," Vilissa Thompson, Jan. 9, 2014

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