Clearing Up the ADA and SSD Confusion
The definitions of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, and the Social Security Disability, or SSD, program can be confusing. However, when determining how best to proceed, your Charlotte SSD Attorney looks at the goals of the two programs.
Your Charlotte SSD attorney will explain that the ADA is an anti-discrimination law focused on how disabilities affect major life activities, such as seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, speaking, breathing, reading and working. The ADA’s goal is to help persons with disabilities obtain equal access to employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation. Your Charlotte SSD Attorney will weigh action under the ADA if you have suffered discrimination.
On the other hand, the SSD program pays benefits to you if you become unable to work. For these purposes, the program evaluates your ability to work, asking not only whether you can perform the job you held when you became disabled, but also whether you can perform other jobs you have held in the past. Your Charlotte SSD Attorney can advise you about obtaining SSD benefits if your ability to work has been affected.
A Charlotte SSD Attorney at Bridgman Law Offices can help you navigate the requirements of these two programs. Call to arrange for a consultation.