A federal judge has granted class certification in an action against the Social Security Administration (SSA) which seeks to compel SSA to communicate with blind and visually impaired individuals in accessible formats, such as large print, Braille, audio and electronic means. American Council of the Blind v. Astrue, No. C 05-04696 WHA (N.D. Cal. 9/11/08). The complaint alleges that SSA’s failure to provide notices and other communications in formats accessible to people with visual impairments denies them the equal access to SSA programs required under § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fifth Amendment due process clause. The government’s motions to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds and for failure to state a cause of action were denied in earlier rulings. 2008 WL 1858928 (4/23/08), 2008 WL 2050852 (5/13/08).
In The News
NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville calls on Congress in his latest Huffington Post blog to act to update the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program to help low-income seniors like Dollie.
NSCLC Directing Attorney Eric Carlson is quoted in a Nov. 19, 2014 article in Governing concerning Medicaid reimbursement for care outside nursing homes.
Dollie, 73, lives solely on income from Supplemental Social Security for all of her living expenses. But the program needs an update. Watch Dollie’s story and then help NSCLC restore this important poverty program.
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