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- Have you received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?
- Were you ever identified as needing services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
- Did you receive services in elementary or high school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 plan in school?
- Did you ever use Disabled Student Services on your college campus?
- Have you ever needed an accommodation?
- Have you ever received vocational rehabilitation services?
- Do you fit under the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) definition of an individual with a disability?
Different programs have different assistance programs, so for example, every state has a state health insurance—it’s called the SHIP program—and it’s to help individuals apply for Medicare. The health insurance marketplaces have in-person assisters in some states, so there’s no one-stop shop.
Check out the quick guides on the Triage Cancer website. It’s really going to be about understanding the ADA and the FMLA and your state’s fair employment laws. Once you have an understanding of those laws and those rights, to have conversations with the employer.
There are bills pending in the state and federal level. It’s, you know, one of those things where this is an advocacy opportunity. And for people who think that paid family leave is important, in my opinion, I think they need to be talking with their elected officials about why. What is the real-world impact to actual human beings of offering or not offering paid family leave? And I think that that’s the only way that we’ve seen change happen in the past and it’s certainly the way that we’re going to see movement on paid family leave at a federal and state level.