Web sites handy tools for information on benefits

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 3, 2008

Social Security touches the lives of people with disabilities every day.

That’s why we joined 21 other federal agencies to create www.disabilityinfo.gov.

Disabilityinfo.gov is a comprehensive Web site designed to offer people with disabilities access to important information they can use.

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is a one-stop website — not only for people with disabilities, but also for older Americans, employers, Social Security beneficiaries, community- and faith-based service providers and others.

Disabilityinfo.gov features information on a number of related topics. The site is easy to navigate, and is organized into subject areas, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, health, housing, technology and transportation.

Disabilityinfo.gov also is a useful information and referral tool for responding to the questions and concerns of Social Security’s nearly 50 million beneficiaries.

Individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), disability or retirement benefits, as well as advocates who work with beneficiaries, will find answers to questions about work incentives, the appeals process, Medicare and Medicaid, youth transitioning from school to work, accessible transportation and much more.

If you want to get specific, detailed information about benefits available through Social Security for people with disabilities, you can go straight to the source: www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.

On Social Security’s Web site, you can even complete your application over the Internet from the comfort of your own home.

Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability to start your application.

The Disabilityinfo.gov web site shares general information about how Social Security can help people with disabilities, and much more.

The Web site offers a free subscription service where you can sign up to receive Disability Connection, a quarterly newsletter, as well as other e-mail alerts covering information tailored to your individual interests.

Just fill in your email address under the gold “subscribe” banner on the right side of the page.

To learn more about information available for people with disabilities, visit www.disabilityinfo.gov.

To learn more about Social Security, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

Bette L. Backus is a Social Security manager in Ironton.