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Deaf in One Ear, Blind in One Eye. No Social Security.

By January 10, 2010

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The Spokesman-Review reports on a teenager who is deaf in one ear, and blind in one eye, but can not get social security benefits. This teen has the disease neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF-2) and almost certainly will become totally deaf and blind. And that's before the disease kills him as it did his father (it is hereditary). Yet, the government is denying him social security disability benefits.



If anyone deserves social security disability benefits, in my opinion it is this teenager. In my opinion, he is more severely disabled (even if he can still see out of one eye and hear out of one ear) by the persistent tumors from NF-2 than a fully seeing, not otherwise disabled deaf person who is capable of working but chooses to receive social security disability. Heck, this young man may not even live to become a father himself.


Comments
January 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(1) Dianrez says:

This may fall into a middle gray area where the decision can go either way. Has the fellow contacted his Congressman to see what resources are available in his state and district? Has he studied the criterions required for acceptance for SSD/I? Has he discussed them with his doctors to see if a different wording might qualify him?

January 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(2) deafness says:

As always, Diane, I can count on you for an intelligent response to a blog post. Excellent suggestions.

January 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(3) nmagliocchino says:

IT’S VERY INTERESTING TO READ ABOUT YOUR INFORMATION. ONE THING I HEARD OTHER PERSON TELL ME ABOUT SSA OR SSI BENEFITS. CI PEOPLE CAN’T GET THE SSI BENEFIT SO THEY GO TO THE WELFARE DEPT AND PROVIDE ABOUT FOOD STAMPS, HUD HOUSING, AND WELFARE BENEFIT. SSA CAN’T ACCEPT ABOUT CI PEOPLE. BECAUSE THEY WANT TO FORCE CI PEOPLE FOR LOOK THE JOB. OTHER STORY USHER SYMDROME AND DEAF CAN GET SSI BENEFIT BUT NOT GIVE THE FULL BLIND SSI BENEFIT. ONE DEAF OR ONE BLIND PERSON CAN’T GET SSI BENEFIT. MUST FULL DEAF OR BLIND PERSON CAN GET SSI BENEFIT. SO YOU CAN GO TO THE WELFARE DEPT AND WILL HELP YOU. THAT REASON POLICY HAVE TO REQUIRE FULL BLIND AND DEAF WILL GET MORE MONEY SSI BENEFIT. YOU KNOW THAT BLIND PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY SSA THAN DEAF PEOPLE.

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