Disability Benefits to Individuals with disabilities
Disability Benefits. If you have a disability and are looking to move or plan to assist a disabled individual with their move there are some common and not so common issues that need to be addressed. A popular question for such situations may be an issue of continuance or discontinuance of Social Security Disability Benefits (mainly for out-of-state movers). A recipients SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) Disability Benefits should not be of any concern as this is a federally funded program for Individuals with disabilities. Though SSI (Supplementary Security Insurance) beneficiaries may be affected as some of the funds are provided by the state (supplementary payment) so your support may increase based on the guidelines of your new state. The good news is that the state of California provides a supplement to this Disability Benefits program. So if you’re moving to San Jose from a state that does not provide this you may be looking at a bump in your benefits.
Also a helpful note when moving as a beneficiary is to always remember to update your address with the Social Security Administration. This can easily be done online by going to www.socialsecurity.gov/changeofaddress.
Disability Benefits - Relocation and Home Adaptations
Another issue to consider may be modifications or adaptations to your new home of residence. If you are buying a home or have some pre-arrangements with the property owner, the investment and time needed to make your home easy and accessible should be thoughtfully laid out prior to relocation. Various financial and informational resources at hand can undoubtedly assist in this endeavor any Individuals with disabilities.
Disability.gov provides a housing section with a link directed towards information on home modification including a page for each state and relevant data and contacts for that particular state. For California, great resources such as Lifewell services are listed which provides home modifications using assistive technology. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program (CDBG) is also listed, this organization is significant as some of its funds may be used for home modifications. Aadd.org also provides many resources for people with disabilities including information on housing control and purchasing a home.
General Aide Disability Benefits
Some general charity organization for Individuals with disabilities may also be able to help assist in relocation. The organization Modestneeds.org offers general assistance to low-income workers, or the working poor that fall between the gaps of social services (i.e. those who’s income may cause them to be ineligible for some government servcies). The supported situations advertised are for short term emergencies. So if other avenues are exhausted this may be an option as well. Ask SS for more information about Disability Benefits.
Overall, in aiming for a smooth transition opt for plenty of assistance, make planning plentiful and keep stress minimal. Moving companies can be a major part of this assistance for people with disabilities, ensuring that items are properly moved without having to enlist lots of friends and family.
Also remember to keep abreast of the Social Security regulations for your state and identify local support agencies to apply for additional services if needed. It may be necessary to take advantage of the available support networks for occupational, housing, food or other needs that can arise. So now you know that Disability Benefits can help to people with disabilities.