Barriers to Employment for SSI and SSDI Recipients

Disability Rights DC (DRDC) advocates to address barriers SSI and SSDI recipients face to working and seeking employment. DRDC advocates for access to employment-related programs so that people with disabilities can receive any necessary vocational training/education and work and be paid competitive wages. DRDC advocates to address barriers such as issues with transportation, personal care aides, and assistive technology if those issues negatively impact a person’s ability to work or receive vocational training. DRDC assists SSI and SSDI recipients with disputes with the Social Security Administration if the disputes are related to work activity and affect their ability to secure, maintain, or regain employment. DRDC also advocates to address employment discrimination faced by SSI and/or SSDI recipients.  DRDC does this advocacy under our Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) grant.  

DRDC accepts cases related to protecting the rights of SSI and SSDI recipients in the District of Columbia that fall within our PABSS grant priorities. Requests for assistance are assessed on a case-by-case basis under our priorities and based on resources. 

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