Calendar module icon


May 7, 2018
4:00 PM
Puyallup Library
324 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
Free; No RSVP required
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

ADR - Social Security Disability

Monday, May 7, 2018

Aalmost 13% of Washingtonians live with a disability. Social Security pays benefits to people who can’t work because they have a condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death. Get the details about this program and how to access important benefits from Social Security Disability. Presentation given by Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration.

Workshop Lays Out Basics of Social Security Disability

Most of us expect to live long, healthy lives.  So when someone experiences a disabling injury or illness, it can trigger a range of unsettling emotions and fears – not only for the person with the disability but for family members and friends as well.  Social Security Disability is intended to provide some degree of financial support by providing a basic income when a long term disability happens.

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host an informational presentation about Social Security Disability from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2018 at The Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup.  The event is free and no RSVP is required.  Refreshments will be served.  

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 Americans has a disability.  Over 900,000 individuals with disabilities live in Washington state.  The majority of individuals with disabilities are between 18 and 64 years old, the prime working years.  That puts a tremendous strain on everyone.

“It’s amazing that so any people don’t think to turn to Social Security Disability or are confused about the benefits,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “This is an opportunity to get clear information about the application process, disability benefits & employment or re-employment incentives in a candid forum.”

Of the 60 million individuals receiving social Security benefits, about 9 million are workers with disabilities along with about 2 million dependents.  Most recipients of the disability program receive between $700 and $1,700 per month.  The average for 2018 is $1,197.  However, there are many variables that will impact what a specific individual receives.

Presenting information about Social Security Disability will be Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration.  Larson brings over 25 years of experience and knowledge working with the program.  

The May 7 presentation will provide a broad understanding of the program including
How to qualify and apply for benefits,
What happens when an application is approved,
How to appeal denials,
Who can receive benefits on a person’s earnings record,
What people should know about receiving disability benefits, and
When Medicare coverage starts for Social Security disability beneficiaries.

Aging and Disability Resources is a program of Pierce County Human Services.  The goal of ADR is to help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain safe and independent i their own home.  ADR also works closely with caregivers, families, neighbors and community members in providing services, resources and supports so that people can age in place.  For more information about ADR and the services provided please call (253) 798-4600.