Qualifying for Social Security benefits

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the main thing to remember is, do not, like me, wait till you retire from work as it will be too late. If you make a successful application before retirement, it will continue.

Beryl, are they any Benefits I can apply for in the UK?

:slightly_smiling_face: Google www.disability.gov.uk

Disabled people

A to Z

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Benefits and financial help

Includes Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Attendance Allowance

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Includes Carer’s Allowance, disabled children and disability day care centres

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Disability equipment and transport

Includes Disabled Students Allowances, Blue Badge and disabled access

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Disability rights

Disability rights under the Equality Act 2010

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Work and disabled people

Includes recruitment and disabled people, reasonable adjustments at work and Access to Work

Thanks A Lot :slight_smile:

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For US folks, please note we are on the compassionate allowance list:


(Other conditions on this list are things like cancer and heart transplants)

The way this works is that if you are diagnosed with a compassionate allowance condition, you are supposed to automatically get social security disability. I got a lawyer from a TV commercial and gave him the listing. I still had to go in front of a judge, but it was a fairly easy process.

I am a non attorney representative who works with Disability Benefits. Anyone here that needs any orientation (questions or concerns) regarding benefits in the US, feel free to let me know (free of charge). I have been diagnosed recently with Ataxia as well and my dad (who passed away) suffered from the condition as well.

What kind of benefits are there in Canada that I might be unaware of?

:thinking: You may be eligible for CPP disability benefits if:

  • you contributed to the CPP for a certain number of years.
  • you’re under 65 years old.
  • you have a severe and prolonged mental or physical disability .
  • your disability prevents you from working on a regular basis.

22 Jun 2018 https://www.canada.ca

But this is general information, it may differ due to personal circumstances.

I’ve been drawing CPP disability benefits for about 16 years now. I was just curious to know if there was anything else out there…

:thinking: John, you might get a better picture by enquiring at your local office.

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I’m in Ottawa and have been turned down once. I have appealed and awaiting a decision. I was diagnosed in June and will be 62 years old this year.