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Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrates 25 Years

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2015

On September 14, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. For 25 years, these regulations have helped countless individuals with mental or physical disabilities receive and hold employment. However, experts and officials say there continues to be room for improvement when it comes to preventing discrimination against the disabled.

The Knoxville News Sentinel discusses how many businesses have worked to stay in compliance with rules outlined by the ADA. Some structures have required upgrades in order to accommodate those with disabilities. In cases where accommodations for the disabled cannot be made, the law now requires products and services to be made available to the disabled through other means.

Despite the focus that has been placed on creating businesses that are disability-friendly, data indicates that many disabled citizens continue to struggle to gain employment. In fact, 40 percent of homeless individuals suffer from a disability.

Many organizations have worked to raise awareness about this issue as we celebrate a quarter century of the ADA.

At Ponce Law, we have seen first hand how the ADA has had a positive impact on the lives of our friends and neighbors. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are excited to celebrate the ADA’s anniversary, and we hope to see the law continue to have a positive influence on the lives of Americans.

 

The Role Language and Education Play in Social Security Disability Eligibility

by Staff Blogger | April 10th, 2015

Can the inability to speak and write in English qualify individuals for Social Security Disability benefits? Under the law and many recent rulings by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the answer may be yes.

According to an article released by The Washington Free Beacon, the SSA has approved the Social Security Disability applications of hundreds of Puerto Ricans after they claimed they were unable to work because they did not know how to speak English. Under current law, benefits must be awarded to United States citizens who are working within the country and are considered illiterate or cannot speak English.

There are no exceptions to the rule, which led to the approval of 218 claims between 2011-13 by Puerto Ricans who couldn’t speak English, despite Spanish being the native tongue of the region.

The SSA is currently considering making changes to these rules that would prevent Spanish-speaking citizens to receive benefits strictly because they cannot speak English. Until then, the agency has vowed to review the appropriateness of the cases that were approved.

At Ponce Law, we recognize just how complicated the laws surrounding Social Security Disability benefits can be, and our Nashville personal injury lawyers encourage anyone applying for benefits or appealing a denial to speak with a legal professional.