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The next move in Trump administration’s war on the disabled
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The next move in Trump administration’s war on the disabled

Rebecca Cokley discusses what the Trump administration could unveil next in its ongoing war on the disabled.

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  • Rebecca Cokley

Disability is not a static condition, in most cases. Someone may be able to take their child to the park one day, and the next be unable to get out of bed. Conditions are long-lasting, but may also be sporadic in nature, with flares that vary in their length and severity.

A number of government benefits are means tested, meaning the eligibility for that program may be tied to how much money an individual or a family earns. Some programs, like the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, provide benefits that are specifically tied, by definition, to an individual’s inability to work due to a disability. SSDI is intended to supplement what would be that individual’s income.

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Authors

Rebecca Cokley

Director, Disability Justice Initiative