Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2015

October 2014
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Se…

Social Security Opens New National Support Center

October 2014
Social Security has just announced the opening of a new National Support Center (NSC).   The state-of-the art data center is more modern and energy efficient with enhanced disaster recovery capabilities and will meet the agency’s anticipated IT workloads for at least the next 20 years. The NSC m…

How can drinking fountains be made accessible?

October 2014
Location Drinking fountains are required to be accessible by those with disabilities, and their locations shall be clearly indicated by the proper ADA compliant signage. Drinking fountains cannot be in the path of travel and must be inside an alcove or have rails on either side to ensure the drinkin…

No Medicare 24 Month Waiting Period for Persons with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

October 2014
If a person receives Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) they are entitled to Medicare after 24 months. However, Public Law 106-554 amends section 226 of the Social Security Act to waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare coverage for disabled individuals medically determined to have Am…

Over $8 Million in Funding Awarded to Improve Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

September 2014
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced a total of $8,422,574 in continued funding for organizations that improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Some of the projects that are receiving funding include the Add Us In initi…

Oct. 17, Together on the Pathway to Wellness: The Good Life – A Vision for Recovery

September 2014
The Wellness and Recovery Committee sponsors this day-long conference on Friday, October 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NVCC Annandale Campus. Have you or someone you care about experienced mental health and/or substance use challenges? Want to learn more about wellness and recovery? Then this e…

Social Security Resumes Mailing Social Security Statements

September 2014
The Social Security Administration has announced that they will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements—once every five years for most workers– while encouraging everyone to create a secure my Social Security account to immediately access their Social Security Statement o…

Are pregnant employees covered under Title I of the ADA?

September 2014
In some circumstances, employees with pregnancy-related impairments may be covered by the ADA. Although pregnancy itself is not an impairment within the meaning of the ADA and thus is not a disability, pregnant workers and job applicants are not excluded from the ADA’s protections. Changes to…

Soldiers & Veterans with Lou Gehrig’s Disease Now Get Housing Subsidies

August 2014
Veterans and active-duty service members who suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease will have immediate access to a government-funded housing program under new rules from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Administration just announced that soldiers & veterans who suffer from Lo…

Is a Bus Driver Required to Announce Stops Along a Bus Route for People with Disabilities?

August 2014
On fixed route systems, drivers must announce stops. These stops include transfer points with other fixed routes. This means that any time a vehicle is to stop where a passenger can get off and transfer to another bus or rail line, the stop would be announced. The announcement can be personally by t…





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