Advocacy Initiative: Economic Community Participation must be open to All
Restrictions and disincentives to economic participation on Persons with Disabilities, the Elderly, Legal Immigrants, and working persons receiving rent assistance or welfare* are counterproductive and perpetuate dependency.
- INSURANCE IS NOT welfare. Eliminate paternalistic policies. Focus on ability, not current employment as a measure of disability. Many are able to be economically engaged in society, though more limited or alternative capacity when disabled. Simple math.
- Dismantling the Poverty Trap: Disability Policy for the Twenty-First Century - Bonnie L. O'Day, Cornell University Institute for Policy Research, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Asset limitations perpetuate and reinforce the cycle of dependency and have been proven ineffective and demonstrated counterproductively.
- A Deadly Poverty Trap: Asset Limits in the Time of the Coronavirus - Azza Altiraifi is a research and advocacy manager for the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress
That's Great, but How can a disabled person improve their situation NOW?
|Are you receiving SSI?||Are you receiving SSDI?|
|Would you work if you could keep 100% of your SSI payment to continue to live on, and 100% of what you earned went towards:||You could be eligible to receive an additional $794/mo if you save 100% of your SSDI payment towards things that would help you work:|
|New car, new computer and adaptive controls, new phone, wheelchair desk, assistive technologies, environmental controls, deposit on a new apartment or condo, or whatever you need to start your own business?|
There is NO penalty if your plan is not successful.