National Disability Forum

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Social Security is hosting a National Disability Forum in Washington, DC, but you can be heard!  The forum will be from 1:00-3:00pm (EST) and there is still time to vote for questions you would like to Disability Forum to answer.

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The description of their forum is as follows:

The Disability Forum is an open forum of Social Security that gives all interested stakeholders an opportunity to share their unique insights on topics of particular interest to SSA early in the process and directly with policy makers. Further, it provides an opportunity for stakeholders to hear from one another. Open to anyone interested, the Disability Forum is not intended to be a means for reaching agreement on an issue, and SSA’s participation is only for the purpose of gaining insight through listening.

This inclusive and collaborative approach helps us develop responsive, effective, and efficient policies in order to empower individuals with a disability, minimize their financial hardship, and ensure proper use of Disability Trust funds. The activities under the Disability Forum supplement, but do not replace, the rule-making process followed by SSA under the Administrative Procedure Act.

We feel that engaging interested parties in a public forum such as the National Disability Forum can help us capture innovative ideas – ensuring that our vision for the disability program continues to keep pace with advances in medicine, technology, health care delivery, and the modern workplace.

Their topic of interest is “Developing and Assessing Medical Evidence for Extreme Limitations in the Ability to Focus on Tasks.” This will be great to help in cases for those who have ADD or ADHD and other limitations when it comes to focusing.

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During their forum, Social Security is going to explore ways to improve how they develop and assess medical evidence related to extreme limitations in attention, concentration, and persistence that result in the inability to do any work. For example, at some point such limitations may cause a person to be “off task” to the extent that they could not do any work.


You can click here to find out more information, vote for a question (click on “recent” to see questions) to be answered at the forum, and stay up to date on how it relates to you.