February 2016

Social Security Disability Facing Huge Shortfall in 2016

Social Security Social Security Disability Facing Huge Shortfall in 2016

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a financial lifeline for many disabled people in the US.  However, there is much being made of government reports showing that the program will face a very large shortfall in 2016 if steps are not taken to return it to solvency. The end of 2015 saw only the third year without an SSDI cost of living (COLA) increase since automatic COLAs were introduced in 1975. While the main program is not expected to run out of money anytime soon, the program’s reserve funds will be in danger of exhaustion sometime in late 2016. This reserve fund exhaustion triggers automatic cuts to benefits, which may be up to 20% from current SSDI payouts. […]

Chicago Celebrates ADA 25th with Increased Access

LawChicago Celebrates ADA 25th with Increased Access

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being marked in Chicago by an effort to increase access to museums and other cultural venues for disabled people. The “25 for 25” initiative, which aimed to entice 25 cultural venues to become more accessible to those with disabilities, was envisioned by Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium founder and co-chairperson Christena Gunther. The initiative was meant to enhance responsiveness between advocates for disability rights and cultural organizations. The success of 25 for 25 has become apparent, spawning a variety of more accessible exhibits in 30 different organizations. […]