The World Health Organization (WHO) defines disability (from an impairment) as a “limitation or lack of ability to perform an action or activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being. Disability refers to the temporary or long-term reduction of a person's capacity to function.” Living with a disability anywhere, especially in a hustling and bustling state like Florida can be difficult. Getting around and going through your day doing simple tasks like getting out of bed, or getting your children ready for school can be a painful herculean task and take loads of time to do.
Over 690,000 citizens of Florida are beneficiaries of disability benefits, according to the Florida's official website. This results in over 7.7 billion dollars in cash benefits being disseminated to help disabled citizens with the cost of food, housing and other needs. In the State of Florida, The Division of Disability Determinations works to handle all disability benefits applications. Every applicant must meet a number of requirements regarding medical records and consultations to be eligible for disability benefits in Florida.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed to forbid any kind of disability discrimination in work environments in 1990. This has aided thousands of Americans living with disability to achieve employment and help those with disabilities gain access to the same services as people without disabilities. Issues and Topics related to Florida Disability include:
- Disability Benefits
- Worker's Compensation
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Social Security
- Temporary Disability
The department must receive medical records and doctor recommendations sustaining a claim, in order to conclude eligibility for disability benefits. Trained medical examiners are also available for additional consultations regarding specific applicants in cases where eligibility is not clear. Over 800 federally funded state employees by The Florida Division of Disability Determinations are employed to take care of disability claims, allocate cash benefits and order medical records, consultations and examinations.
The Division of Disability Determinations is also in charge for monitoring the state disability benefits budget and keeping in tact with state and federal regulations, this is in addition to its responsibilities of distributing funds and determining who is eligible.
Through the Federal Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs or the state Medically Needy program, citizens of Florida Sate can submit an application for disability benefits. Through their local Social Security field office, applicants suffering from disability should present their initial application for disability benefits which will then be advancing the application to the Division of Disability Determinations.
Claims are returned to the Social Security Administration for a final determination after establishing eligibility in that department, after which point benefits can commence to be distributed. Eligible recipients must undertake periodic reviews to determine if their eligibility should continue. It is imperative however, that any eligible individual getting disability benefits should get in touch with his or her Division of Disability Determination office or local Social Security field office if any changes takes place that may affect his or her benefits status, including being able to return to work.