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.
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NSCLC’s Paul Nathanson writes in a New America Media blog that it is crucial that the Social Security Administration communicate with individuals in language that people understand.
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