What does the ADA term “readily achievable” mean?

February 2015
“Readily achievable” under the ADA means “easily accomplished without much difficulty or expense.” The obligation for barrier removal is ongoing, which means a business must continue to evaluate existing barriers to determine if the barrier removal is readily achievable. In order to…

New Poverty Income Guidelines Announced for 2015

February 2015
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the new poverty income guidelines for 2015.  The new guidelines mean that the lower limit of the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA) will rise to $1,991.25 in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, effective…

Social Security to Expand Local Office Hours Nationwide

January 2015
Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 Allows Agency to Restore Some Service at local offices The Social Security Administration (SSA) today announced that as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for…

2 Upcoming Free Webinars on ADA Web Accessibility & Exams/Testing

January 2015
January 14, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST Presenter: Joe Zesski Web Accessibility Regulations:  Title II State and local governments have long had a requirement to ensure effective communication. People are familiar with providing sign language interpreters or alternate materials, but often don’t re…

Suspect Social Security Fraud?

January 2015
Do you suspect someone of committing fraud, waste, or abuse against Social Security? SSA’s OIG Fraud Hotline takes reports of alleged fraud, waste, or abuse. You can report suspected Social Security fraud by visiting http://oig.ssa.gov/r or by calling the Inspector General’s Fraud Hotline at…

CSB programs at Woodburn, Jermantown, Democracy, and Park Place are moving to new “Merrifield Center”

January 2015
The CSB’s new “Merrifield Center,” located at 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 – just off Arlington Boulevard at the corner of Willow Oaks and Williams Drive (near Gallows Road). – is scheduled to open for business in January 2015. The new building will in…

Why Should I Hire a Local Attorney for my Social Security Disability Case?

December 2014
There may be a temptation to hire one of the big National Disability Groups based on advertising, even though they are usually in a distant state.   This is especially true after the recent “Binder & Binder” bankruptcy.   I am strongly of the opinion that hiring a local at…

Social Security’s Benefit Statement site (SSA-1099/1042S) for Tax Information will be offline from December 15, 2014 Until February 1, 2015

December 2014
Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099/1042S) for Tax Information is shutting down on December 15, 2014. When it returns on February 1, 2015, you will be able to replace the lost, damaged, or missing tax summary of your Social Security benefits for 2014 instead of 2013. See this site for more…

What is the Americans With Disabilities Act?

November 2014
The Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA, is considered one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities.  Passed in 1990 and amended in 2008, the ADA attempts to provide equal opportunities for people with disabilities in all facets of…

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…





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