Archive: Jan 2014

  1. Social Security Administration’s Expansion of the Compassionate Allowances (CA) Program

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    SSA Logo 1Earlier this month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) released a statement about its intentions to expansion the conditions listed under the Compassionate Allowances (CA) program.  The Compassionate Allowances program assists in speeding up the decision-making process of approving and denying disability claims for those seeking disability benefits.  The Compassionate Allowances program’s aim is to issue disability benefits decisions within days, instead of months and years as experienced by many prospective disability beneficiaries in the past.

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  2. Remembering Avonté Oquendo

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    Beautiful remembrance photograph of Avonté that’s circulating on social media.

    Today, I wanted to take a moment to remember Avonté Oquendo.  Yesterday, multiple news outlets reported that the body and clothing items found last week on the Queens side of the East River in New York were those of Avonté’s.  When I heard about the possibility of Avonté’s body being found last week, I was in deep denial.  As I read the confirmatory reports, I must be honest – my heart ached, and I wept.  I, like countless others, were hoping and praying for a happier ending to this missing child case.

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  3. Interviewed for the People Who Inspire Series on the N.A.H. Blog

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    In early January, I was asked to be interviewed for the People Who Inspire Series on the Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian (N.A.H.) blog.  Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian is the brainchild of Relando Thompkins, MSW, a social justice worker who strives to build more equitable and inclusive communities, and increase intercultural understanding.  His weblog covers issues of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice, and creates rich dialogue that will effect positive social changes for all.

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    I first became familiar with Relando and the amazing work he is spearheading through my connection with Social Work Helper.  Relando commented on a recent post on the Ramp Your Voice! blog, and I was elated to have his support.  Relando reached out to me a few days later, asking if I would be interested in being interviewed for his weblog.  I immediately agreed, and received the questions for the interview.  I sent Relando my responses, and on January 13th, 2014, the interview was published.

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  4. Tools You Can Use series: AbleRoad

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    disabled-1050260_1920For the first Ramp Your Voice! article of 2014, I wanted to share a new technology tool called AbleRoad that connects people with accessible venues.  AbleRoad is a new technological tool that aims to inform people with disabilities about accessible places and spaces in their communities, and across the globe.  With the advances of the internet and the worldwide use of social media, new websites and applications (apps) are created every day to assist in establishing a more equal playing field for people with disabilities, both domestically and abroad.  As a person with a disability, I am constantly searching for innovative tools that makes inclusion of people with disabilities a high priority.

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