“One” Thing You Need to Know about Federal Disability Benefits

Tips from applicants, advocates, spoonies, and more

Allison Bishins
ILLUMINATION
Published in
7 min readSep 26, 2022

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If you’re new to this topic, here’s a little spoiler: The US Social Security Administration disability program is demeaning, demoralizing, dehumanizing, and perverse. I recently edited a book that covers many of the problems with Social Security Disability, written by my husband, who worked for SSA for over 10 years. This article is part of a series of things I dove into after my part of the book (editing) was done — my added perspective…

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Allison Bishins
ILLUMINATION

I am a teacher and consultant helping businesses connect with community. Eclectic background in urban planning, marketing, non-profits + environmental policy.