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July 13, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Time Details:
Online: Phone: 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099
Online and by phone
Tacoma, WA 98405
Free; No RSVP Required
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Social Security Disability: Application, Benefits & Employment

Monday, July 13, 2020

Over 23% of Washington adults have some type of disability including mobility, cognition, hearing, vision, communication, mental health, self-care and challenges to independent living. This is a diverse group with a wide range of needs. Social Security often serves as a lifeline source of income. Several “Compassionate Allowances” help expedite the processing of disability claims. Family members of disabled workers may also receive money from Social Security. Get the details about this program and how to access important benefits from Social Security Disability. This presentation will be given live online and by telephone by Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration.

Workshop Lays Out Basics of Social Security Disability

Most of us expect to live long, healthy lives.  So when someone experiences a disabling injury or illness, it can trigger a range of unsettling emotions and fears – not only for the person with the disability but for family members and friends as well.  Social Security Disability is intended to provide some degree of financial support by providing a basic income when a long-term disability happens.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host a special “virtual” presentation about Social Security Disability from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020.  Participate online at:  Join by telephone at: 253-215-8782 or toll free at 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247; Webinar ID: 994 8047 5801.  The event is free and no RSVP is required.  

“It’s amazing that so any people don’t think to turn to Social Security Disability or are confused about the benefits,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “This is an opportunity to get clear information about the available disability benefits, the application process and re-employment incentives.”

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans has a disability nationally.  Over 900,000 individuals with disabilities live in Washington state.  The majority of individuals with disabilities are between 18 and 64 years old, the prime working years.  That puts a tremendous strain on everyone.  Of the 60 million individuals receiving social Security benefits, about 9 million are workers with disabilities along with about 2 million dependents.  Most recipients of the disability program receive between $700 and $1,700 per month.  The average for 2018 was $1,197.  However, there are many variables that will impact what a specific individual receives.

Presenting information about Social Security Disability will be Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration.  At the July 13 presentation Larson will provide a broad understanding of the program including:
How to qualify and apply for benefits,
What happens when an application is approved,
How to appeal denials,
Who can receive benefits on a person’s earnings record,
What people should know about receiving disability benefits, and
When Medicare coverage starts for Social Security disability beneficiaries.

Aging and Disability Resources is a program of Pierce County Human Services.  The goal of ADR is to help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain safe and independent in their own home.  ADR also works closely with caregivers, families, neighbors and community members in providing services, resources and supports so that people can age in place.  For more information about ADR and the services provided please call (253) 798-4600.