Surviving Denial of Disability – Some Ideas

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Just because you have lots of ideas on your list, does not mean that you personally have to be the one to do everything on it. The first step is to brainstorm for ideas and ask other people you know if they will help you generate a list of ideas. After a few days, send out the list with everyone’s ideas and ask if there are people who can help you with the things you are not able to do.

1. Write or contact people who can get your story out.

John Stossel: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/stossel

The Bob Woodruff Foundation: http://remind.org/#/home/

Oprah: http://www.oprah.com/

Dr. Phil: http://www.drphil.com

The Doctors: http://www.thedoctorstv.com

Your local TV stations and newspapers

2. When submitting information, have someone video some of the challenges that exist in your life.

3. Upload a video to YouTube so you can send a link to newspapers, TV stations, and State Legislators.

4. Ask your doctors, therapists and professionals who are treating you, if they have ideas regarding help.

5. Get a copy of your disability file. You have the right to see the reports their doctor(s) wrote.

6. If these “hired” doctors are not acknowledging what your treating physicians are saying or they are purposely placing a ‘spin’ on their notes or reports, ask your doctor(s) to write a letter correcting these misperceptions.

7. If you have a website, set up Paypal Donation button. You can do this with a Personal account; you don’t need a business account. Ask everyone who visits your site to contribute $1.00.

8. Ask your family or friends if they can commit to buying you a gift card to the grocery or other store.

9. Contact BVR (Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation) to ask for their help. Tell them you need their help figuring out what kind of work you can do.

10. See what kinds of unnecessary items you may have which can be sold for cash. List these on Craigslist. http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites

11. See if you there is someone you know who can help you write up something concerning the unfair practices of state retirement systems or any other state organizations who are abusing their power. Write up a statement which can be emailed and a script for what people can say when they call their state officials. Google your state and the various state officials (i.e., Governor, Senators, Congressman, Attorney General); obtain their contact information, specifically phone number and email address. Ask everyone you know to send an email or call every day for 30 days or more.

12. Start a non-profit organization to pay yourself a salary so you don’t have to depend on Social Security or a state retirement system. See who is in your support network who might be able to help you with your ideas. Google your state and its laws on setting up a non-profit organization.

13. Hold off on bankruptcy. If you may incur more debt or medical bills, wait until you obtain health insurance.

14. Contact your local churches to see if they have programs which might help you.

15. Contact the American Association of People With Disabilities

800-840-8844 (Toll Free/TTY)

16. Apply for food stamps. Go here to see if you qualify – http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/

17. Check out The Access Project at www.accessproject.org or call (617) 654-9911 to see if they can help.

18. See if you qualify for SSDI (Social Security Disability Income) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Go here to find out more: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/d&s1.htm

19. If you may need a lawyer, ask friends or people who have issues similar to you, if they personally know an attorney who might be able to help.

Do you have more ideas you can think of? If they don’t help me, they might help someone else.

© Angela Cramer, 2008-2009

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