Archive for November, 2010

Social Security Holds Compassionate Allowances Hearing on Cardiovascular Disease and Multiple Organ Transplants

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

On November 9, 2010 Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, hosted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the agency’s sixth public hearing on Compassionate Allowances. Commissioner Astrue joined Susan B. Shurin, Acting Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, and other Social Security officials in listening to testimony from some of the leading experts on cardiovascular disease and multiple organ transplants regarding possible methods of identifying and implementing Compassionate Allowances for both adults and children.

“Compassionate Allowances and the Quick Disability Determination process are making a real difference for disabled Americans by ensuring those with devastating disabilities receive their benefit decisions quickly and accurately,” Commissioner Astrue said. “This fiscal year, about 150,000 people will benefit from these fast-track disability processes. With this hearing, we continue to look at broader categories of conditions to determine if a subset or certain diagnosis might clearly meet our disability standards and qualify as a Compassionate Allowance.”

Social Security implemented Compassionate Allowances in October 2008 to expedite the processing of disability claims for applicants with medical conditions so severe that their conditions by definition meet Social Security’s standards. There currently are 88 specific diseases and conditions that qualify as a Compassionate Allowance. To learn more and to view a web cast of the November 9th hearing, go to

Museum of Disability History Now Open

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts pertaining to the history of people with disabilities. Located in Buffalo, New York, and on the World Wide Web, the Museum offers educational exhibits and activities that expand community awareness.

The Museum of disABILITY History exists to advance the understanding, acceptance and independence of people with disabilities. The Museum’s exhibits, collections, archives and educational programs create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery.

The Museum of disABILITY History is open Monday-Friday, 10:00AM – 4:00PM, or by appointment. The Museum is closed on holidays. Admission is Free. The Museum is located at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14226.

The Museum of disABILITY History is a project of People Inc. and is chartered by the New York State Department of Education Board of Regents. People Inc. exists so that individuals with disabling conditions or other special needs have the supports they need to participate and succeed in an accepting society.

For more information on the Museum of disABILITY History please visit

Virginia Hospital Offers Free Hip or Knee Surgery

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

On November 20, 2010, INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital will host an Operation Walk surgical event in Virginia.

As part of this event INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital will be providing free hip or knee surgery to anyone without health insurance living in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Call Genéa M. Luck at 703-664-7193 or Julie Warner at 703-664-7018 if you know anyone who does not have health insurance and they can benefit from a hip or knee replacement surgery.

Operation Walk provides everything for free (including all post-operative medical care, education, and rehabilitation).

To learn more about this operation walk event and others around the country, go to

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