Oregon Disability Claim Advocates

Working while Collecting Disability Benefits in Oregon

Oregon Disability Claim Advocates: There has always been a bit of disaccord when it comes to the views of people with disabilities and employers who may hire people with disabilities. Recipients of disability benefits are not at all barred from working to supplement their incomes, in fact, there are clear guidelines that are in place that state the amount that they are allowed to earn to retain benefits. On the other hand, according to the Chicago Tribune, the employer should not be afraid to hire disabled workers because accommodations are not as expensive as they may believe.

Disabled workers can work with many major corporations whether they have intellectual or physical disabilities. In fact, with the unemployment rate so high, many are encouraged to enter or return to the workforce. The accommodations are usually already there. Many stores are already equipped for customers that are bound to wheelchairs and are completely accessible. A recent study shows that companies that employ the disabled often spend less than $50 per person.

There has been a long-standing stigma that disabled workers are treated differently or paid less than workers that do not have disabilities. This is not true at all. In fact, companies such as Walgreens have opened distribution centers in which 33% of the workforce is made up of people with disabilities. They are paid the same rate and treated just like the rest of the workers. In fact, according to laws set forth by the American Disabilities Act (ADA), employers have to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. It doesn’t mean that you get special treatment. It means that you are given the accommodations required for you to do the job that you were hired to do.

Being deemed disabled for the purposes of collecting Social Security disability payments doesn’t mean that you can’t work. It just means that you are not able to be gainfully employed; meaning you cannot make enough money to survive on. The Social Security administration determines how much a recipient can make on a monthly basis before benefits are affected. This amount changes almost every year. There is also a Ticket to Work program that gives disability recipients a chance to get back into the workforce. The program works over the course of three years. So if you find that after a couple of months on a new job, that it’s just too much for you, you don’t have to worry about being penalized for the money that you’ve earned.

If you are thinking about filing a claim for Social Security disability or if you have recently been denied benefits, you need to contact a Social Security advocate that is educated on the process. Your attorney can file the initial paperwork for a new claim or he can file an appeal or petition for reconsideration of a recently denied claim. Your advocate can streamline the process and make it much less stressful for you. An experienced advocate can take the fear away from this very daunting process. They know the system. Let their knowledge work for you.

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