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News and Press Releases

People With Disabilities Foundation New Grant Period, LOIs Accepted Sept. 29 through Nov. 6, 2017

People With Disabilities Foundation (PWDF), an IRS § 501(c)(3) public, nonprofit agency that serves people with psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce Phase 2 of its pilot grant program.

PWDF Comments on Social Security Administration (SSA) Docket SSA-2012-0035, Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence

PWDF believes it is important to ensure that evidence of claimants’ impairments is properly considered and weighed, especially when the evidence derives from multiple sources or is inconsistent.

PWDF Comments on Social Security Administration (SSA) Docket SSA-2013-0044, Revisions to Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Appointed Representatives

PWDF is concerned that some SSA rules create barriers for people with mental and/or developmental disabilities. People with impairments due to these types of disabilities may need more flexibility in the disability adjudication and review process because of communication issues.

PWDF Comments on Social Security Administration (SSA) Form 9000/iAccommodate, “Request for Accommodation in Communication Method” (Docket SSA-2016-0032, Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request)

In these comments, PWDF noted that the SSA still does not appear to have a list of standard reasonable accommodations related to communications for people with psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities that it makes available to its employees who communicate with the public or to the individuals who need the accommodations.

PWDF Comments on Social Security Administration (SSA) Forms for Earnings Statements and for Allegations of Discrimination by SSA (Docket SSA-2014-0027, Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment Request)

PWDF recommends that the SSA tell all individuals who receive their earnings record to check it to make sure that what is being reported is accurate, and why it is important to check. This is especially important as to the number of quarters of employment and ensuring that earnings are neither under-reported nor over-reported. PWDF also comments on SSA Form 437 - Complaint Form for Allegations of Discrimination in Programs or Activities Conducted by the Social Security Administration.

PWDF Comments On Social Security Administration (SSA) Docket SSA-2014-0052, Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process

PWDF recognizes that the SSA needs to make adjudications efficient and timely, both for the benefit of the SSA and for claimants. While it is commendable that the SSA is making efforts to improve efficiency, it is important to ensure that this does not come at the expense of ascertaining the truth and complying with Constitutional Due Process requirements.

People With Disabilities Foundation Issues Comments Regarding Social Security Administration (SSA) Form 3385-BK, “Report of Adult Functioning – Employer (Docket SSA-2016-0030, Agency Information Collection Activities)

People With Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) recently submitted public comments to the Social Security Administration (SSA) with recommendations regarding SSA information collection form Form SSA 3385-BK, “Report of Adult Functioning – Employer.

People With Disabilities Foundation Issues Public Comments on Revising the Unsuccessful Work Attempt (UWA) and Expedited Reinstatement (EXR) rules

People With Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) recently submitted public comments. PWDF strongly advocates for clarity, simplification, and reducing hardships on beneficiaries in regard to revising the UWA and EXR rules and restrictions.

People With Disabilities Foundation Issues Public Comments on Revising the Ticket to Work Program Rules

The Ticket To Work program seeks to assist Social Security disability beneficiaries find and maintain employment that leads to increased independence and productivity. PWDF recently offered recommendations for potential revisions.

PWDF Requests City and County of San Francisco Withdraw Its Appeal of “Sheehan” to the US Supreme Court

It is extremely important that law enforcement comply with the ADA when communicating with people with severe mental illness to prevent escalating situations. PWDF asks the City and County of San Francisco to withdraw its appeal to the US Supreme Court of a case in which the Court's deliberation could weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act.