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April 7, 2021
4:00 PM
Time Details:
Begins at 4:00 p.m. sharp
Online event
Free event Advance registration at:
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Social Security Disability

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

An estimated 9.7% of Pierce County residents have some type of disability including mobility, cognition, hearing, vision, communication, mental health, self-care and challenges to independent living. Social Security Disability often serves as a lifeline source of income. Several “Compassionate Allowances” help expedite the processing of disability claims. Family members of disabled workers may also receive money from Social Security. Get the details about this program and how to access important benefits from Social Security Disability. This presentation will be given live online and by telephone by Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration.

Workshop Lays Out Basics of Social Security Disability

Sixty-five years ago, President Eisenhower signed a bill creating Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  Many Americans don’t know much about this vital program — even though, by working, they’re earning coverage that protects them against financial ruin if they become too sick or hurt to support themselves. 

Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources will host a special online presentation about Social Security Disability from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  Advance registration is required at:  The link to the event will be given at registration.  Join by telephone at: 253-215-8782 or toll free at 888-788-0099 or 877-853-5247; Webinar ID: 957 3135 8238.  The event is free.

“A worker starting out faces about a 1 in 4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “While people don’t like to think about becoming disabled and unable to support themselves, disability can happen to anyone — and becomes likelier as a person ages.”

Social Security Disability helps people with disabilities afford housing, food, transportation, and other essentials.  These benefits often protect against poverty, homelessness, and bankruptcy.  
Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits if a worker is “insured,” meaning that they worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.  The benefit does not depend on the income of the disabled individual receiving it.  Eligibility is based on established legal and medical justifications.

Understandably, most workers do not think about Social Security Disability until they actually have an urgent need.  The first inclination may be to secure the services of an attorney who specializes in disability issues.  But more often than not an attorney is unnecessary.  This workshop explains how a person qualifications for benefits, the application process, denials and appeals.

Pierce County has approximately 20,000 recipients of  Social Security Disability.  Most recipients receive between $800 and $1,800 per month (the average for 2021 is $1,277).  In addition, family members may be eligible to receive up to 50% of that monthly benefit amount.  Disability types include developmental, vision, cognition, mobility, self-care and more.

Presenting information about Social Security Disability will be Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration.  The presentation is sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center.  For more information call (253) 798-4600.