As we start a new decade, we can see hopeful signs of improvement for people with disabilities. At the same time, it’s hard not to notice more negative trends — evidence that in some ways we may be heading in the wrong direction on disability issues and culture.
Don’t let the 2010s fool you. Of the many things worth arguing about in America, the number of years that constitute a decade is probably not among them. The word quite literally means “10 years.” But consider historical time, often referred to in decade-based shorthand, and all of a sudden the clear concept of a decade gets blurrier.
Just a few weeks before Christmas, word started to come out that the Trump Administration is proposing to change how Social Security reassesses the ongoing eligibility of Social Security Disability Insurance recipients. The goal is to reduce SSDI rolls by identifying people on SSDI who shouldn’t be … people believed to be likely to “get better,” or people who otherwise should be working.
Happy New Year from your friends at the NAB!
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