American Council of the Blind v. Astrue

American Council of the Blind v. Astrue, Case No. 05-04696 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2008). This national class action challenged the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) policy of refusing to provide more than a standard print notice to most blind and visually impaired people receiving benefits or serving as a representative payee for someone receiving benefits. In late 2009, a federal court in San Francisco ruled in favor of plaintiffs after a trial and issued an order requiring SSA to begin offering blind and visually impaired beneficiaries and representative payees a choice of several different formats for receiving notices from the agency. The ruling applies to both the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs and represents a major victory for a particularly vulnerable group of older Americans.

Read ACB v. Astrue 2011 Update

ACB v Astrue Information for Consumers

ACB v. Astrue Class Certification Order

ACB v. Astrue Order Denying Rule(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss

ACB v. Astrue Order Denying Motion to Dismiss

ACB v. Astrue Complaint

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