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ADHD: White Myth or Black Denial – A look at cultural differences in Special Education

I have finally tracked down an old paper I wrote regarding the cultural differences and bias in the classification of children, specifically between ADHD and ED, in Special Education. While this paper is over five years old, that different cultures and minorities are treated differently in the Special Education process…

More news on disability and unemployment

The USA today recently ran an editorial regarding the rise of disability applications during the recession. In the editorial the length of the process is blamed on attorneys dragging their feet to increase their fees, implies people are cheating the system, and seemingly ignores many facts that those who work…

The Language of Social Security Disability

I have attached a PDF guide called the Language of SOcial Security Disability A guide to getting yourself and your doctor speaking Social Security’s Language. It is a short list of some ways to help improve the quality of your medical records and the language used in them to increase…

How to apply for Social Security Disability

You can apply for disability benefits in three ways. 1) You can apply in person at a Social Security office.  Depending on your local office’s size, you may need an appointment or you may just be able to drop in at any time.  Set aside at least 1-2 hours to…

The Reality of an IEP

I thought long and hard about how to approach this topic without insinuating that parents are doing things wrong and schools are not breaking the law or fighting against giving IEPs. My goal is not to discourage parents from pursuing their legal remedies against a school. Instead, my goal is…

Why your medical records are not getting you approved for disability

There are many reasons why a Social Security disability claim may be denied, but the most overlooked is what your medical records say or don’t say. in this age of HMO medicine, doctors spend less and less time face to face with the patient and even less time charting or…

Sheltered Workshop/Work Center, how can it help my SSA case?

A Sheltered Workshop or Work Center is defined by the US Department of Labor as Centers that have historically provided rehabilitation services, day treatment, training, and/or employment opportunities to people with disabilities. In most situations, the person is paid below minimum wage, may have job assistance, such as a job…