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Old 07-07-09, 02:24 PM   #1
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hello everyone.

yesterday i had a social worker for blind people come to my house to evaluate what i would need. she informed me of all these benefits i could get as someone who is legally blind. here are some of the benefits she mentioned:

free training in braille and mobility skills
free insurance -- medicaid
supplemental income -- $697 a month
food stamps -- $200 worth a month
a handicapped parking placard
door-to-door transportation services -- $2 a ride
free education (college paid for)
a free cell phone

and in the state of north carolina, i can get all these benefits EVEN IF I HAVE A JOB and an income. all this just because i'm legally blind.

it seems kind of unethical to me. if you have any other disability you can only get s.s.i. if you have no income, but if you're legally blind, you can get s.s.i. even with a job.

and while some of the benefits make sense, like free braille training and transportation, i don't see why i would need food stamps and a free cell phone, especially if i have a job? i'm also debating the handicapped parking placard? blind people can walk across a parking lot. if i can't walk across a parking lot it's cause of my fibro/ra, not my blindness.

i'm debating whether i should accept these benefits because of my chronic pain. i can't see myself putting in 8 hour shifts, or in some fields, 12 hour shifts. however i still think it's unethical that i get these benefits because i'm BLIND and not because of my FIBRO/RA.

does anyone see where i'm coming from? i would love to hear your input. thanks so much.

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Cavefish, accept your legal entitlement. I wouldn't sneeze at this and don't feel guilty. The government has structured society this way and you're on the receiving end just like any other citizen. It just so happens that it is to your advantage. other times you won't be. You can feel guilty when you know that you have intentionally ripped off the system through dishonesty and genuine people have missed out because of you. ok?

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lol delta.

well i didn't know about these benefits until yesterday.

now i know why doctors are so wary of malingerers! i could totally see someone malingering in order to get these benefits.

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anyone else? so far everyone i have got opinions from have disabilities. i'd love to hear other perspectives, e.g. people whose tax money is going into those $697.

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I also get S.S.I, but that's because I currently don't have a job. It's also not very much money, because I still live with my parents. (I get $449 and some odd cents.) To be honest, I think you should take all your benefits. The handicap placard could wind up being a good thing. I mean, think about it. Walking across a busy parking lot is scary enough, but if you're blind? You just say you accepted it because of your FIBRO/RA, too. That's also a good reason to have it. You also don't know what could happen in the future, with your current income. It may turn out that you need that money. I'm not trying to imply you'll lose your job, but just take that into consideration.

CF, milk the government for what they're worth. Seriously. Get absolutely everything they offer to you.
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well i did step one today which is registering as legally blind with social security. i am going to take the supplemental income, the placard. i'll ditch the cell phone and free education -- i can pay for that myself.

i wonder how they determine the amount? for example you get $449, and i would be getting $697. how do they come up with those numbers? if you don't mind me asking, what disabilities do you have, sweet (in terms of legally registered)?

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I have Spina Bifida. It's a birth defect to the spine. It limits how much I can physically do. I think they come up with the sum because of what you have. For example, I don't work, which is why I get the money at all. I still live with my parents, and they supply me food, water and a place to live. All that basic stuff. Therefore I don't have to buy stuff for myself. Which means I don't get as much as you. If you're living on your own, and having to supply that stuff for yourself, then you get a little bit more. Being legally blind brings up the cost. There's not as much you can do when you're blind (as you're most likely aware), so they supply you with more. In case of emergencies.
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cave fish, i agree with Delta`s pt of view. i dont think in any way accepting this benefits is any way unethical.! i mean im a tax payer myself,but i would not see the wrong doing that someone who has a legitimate disbility has an oportunity to get benefits!! i WOULD NOT DITCH ANY SERVICE AVAILABLE TO YOU!! u deserve it!! remember this cf... if u dont take it,someone will..its not greedy.. that $$ is going to fucking pay a "white collar thief" expensive trip!!
sowwy.. im getting out of hand lol! but i do think ur entitled to ALL the benefis u can get!! Life is already hard as it is!! no guilt sweetie!!

Hope u seriously change ur mind!! :)

whatever u decide to do, im very happy for you; is the least this crooked goverment can do !!!


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Id say do it. It sounds like a lot of benefits, and you deserve it. If it were me id take the most advantage out of it as posible :D
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I have Spina Bifida. It's a birth defect to the spine. It limits how much I can physically do. I think they come up with the sum because of what you have. For example, I don't work, which is why I get the money at all. I still live with my parents, and they supply me food, water and a place to live. All that basic stuff. Therefore I don't have to buy stuff for myself. Which means I don't get as much as you. If you're living on your own, and having to supply that stuff for yourself, then you get a little bit more. Being legally blind brings up the cost. There's not as much you can do when you're blind (as you're most likely aware), so they supply you with more. In case of emergencies.
i'm familiar with spina bifida but thanks for explaining anyway. how restricted are you in terms of movement? are you on wheels?

hm... i don't agree with blind people not being able to do much. i just think blindness is different from other disabilities. but it doesn't prevent people from being able to work. the only reason we can't work oftentimes is cause no one will hire us.

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