Monthly Archives: May 2013

Exhibit celebrates art and disability

When many people think of art and disability, they think of people with disabilities who create art as a form of therapy to deal with their serious medical impairments, rather than the work of professional artists and exhibits at galleries. While art can be great therapy for people struggling with disabilities or other challenging situations, it […]

Social Security Disability Problems Reflect Agency-Wide Issues

The Social Security Administration provides benefits and services almost every American at one time or another. In calendar year 2012, the SSA paid retirement and disability benefits to over 72 million people. One would think an agency with this level of impact on American life would function effectively. However, the backlogs in Social Security Disability (SSD) applications […]

Potential Alzheimer’s drug fails in testing

Alzheimer’s disease affects nearly 5 million people in the United States. Although it is thought of as a disease affecting mostly older people, the debilitating and progressive disease can affect people in their working years. In these people, the disease is called early-onset or younger-onset Alzheimer’s, and it is serious enough that the federal government […]

VA will focus on oldest claims in backlog first

In recent months, the Department of Veterans Affairs has come under increasing criticism about the lengthy waits veterans must endure while the agency decides whether they are eligible for veterans disability benefits. The benefits, which are given based on injuries or illnesses that are received or made worse during active service, are a financial lifeline […]

A growing number receive disability benefits in Washington, D.C.

An increasing number of people are receiving federal disability benefits in the metro area. In Washington, D.C., there were 8,406 workers receiving benefits such as Social Security Disability in 2011. In 2011, there were 13,456 workers receiving federal disability benefits. Surrounding counties in the metro area also saw an increase. Between 2001 and 2011: In Montgomery County, […]