Category Archives: News

An Important Notice Regarding Transition Age Youth!

Date: October 19, 2020 Today Social Security released a notice to more than 340,000 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients between the ages of 14 and 17 (transition-aged youth) and their adult representatives to help them identify policies and other resources to assist youth in their transition to adulthood. These mailings include a notice introducing our […]

Social Security Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021.Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, […]

The IRS Extends Deadline to Ensure People with Children Receive $500 Economic Impact Payments

The IRS has extended its deadline to September 30, 2020, for people to provide information to the IRS using its Non-Filer Tool at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here. People should do this if they: receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments; did not file a 2019 or 2018 tax return; have a […]

Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents & Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child

April 20, 2020 Act Now – Go to IRS.gov – A Message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment “Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start […]

House Approves Abuser Registry Bill

Big news! The Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed the Abuse Registry Bill, also known as Nicky’s Law or Dana’s Law, by a vote of 154-0. This legislation will create a registry for people with substantiated findings of abuse against them by the Disabled Persons Protection Commission. It also will prohibit those on the registry […]

Columbus, Ohio Is Piloting A Mobile App That Helps People With Cognitive Disabilities Use Public Transit

Currently, the app is in its trial mode, sponsored by the Mobility Assistance for People with Cognitive Disabilities (MAPCD) study, which launched in April 2019 in collaboration with Ohio State University, Smart Columbus and Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA). MAPCD organized a year-long trial run of the app with 25 individuals with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers. […]

Use of Video Teleconferencing (VTC) at Hearings

We have been inundated with calls from our clients receiving these cryptic ‘opt-out’ notices for video hearings. The rules changed in June because the Administration was concerned representatives might be ‘judge-shopping’ by waiting to see who the Administrative Law Judge will be for the video hearing, and then asking for an in-person hearing so it […]