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SSA Disability Proposes To Stop Considering Inability To Speak English

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jun 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

At present, Social Security takes into account a Social Security disability applicant's inability to speak English.  The idea is that it is harder to find work if you do not speak English. Social Security is proposing to change their rules and stop taking lack of English into account when deciding if a person is disabled. You can read the details here.

Reasoning Hard To Understand

It is hard to understand what Social Security's reasoning here.  There can be no real dispute that for those persons who don't speak English, work will be harder to find. The availability of work to disability applicants is a critical inquiry in any Social Security disability hearing.  Without wanting to appear paranoid, the best explanation for this proposed rule change is that it reflects a bias against non-English speakers that is currently in vogue in

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Washington DC.  This idea sure seems like it originated with the current occupant of the Whitehouse.

Object Now While You Can

If you think that making bias against US citizens who happen not to have mastered English yet is good policy, you need to do nothing. If, however, you are bothered by this proposed change, let Social Security know.  They are accepting comments. Go here and then click on Submit A Formal Comment.  

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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