Life Happens — the organization formerly known as the LIFE Foundation — will be organizing another great Disability Insurance Awareness Month campaign in May.
The Council for Disability Awareness (CDA) will do its part to supply statistics illustrating how common disability is and why workers need to protect their incomes.
Another came when a friend with a flower shop found that a combination of Hurricane Sandy stress and arthritis in his knees made continuing to run the flower shop next to impossible. Because he was self-employed, he wasn’t contributing to Social Security on his behalf and, as far as I know, probably wasn’t eligible for Social Security disability benefits. But he was hoping he could get benefits from Social Security, or the state, or someone, because he couldn’t work. He thought the universe should do something about that.
The third intensely educational experience came when a close, 50-something relative who is a mountain climber, scuba dives, and thinks “Thou shalt jaywalk” is one of the Ten Commandments leaned over (because I’m short), looked me in the eye, and informed me, “You know, people my age can develop health problems. There ought to be something we can do in case we can’t work.”