11: SSDI

I have been asked by quite a few people why I need something like Social Security Disability Insurance. Why don't I just get a job? The fact of the matter is, I can get a job. But it has to be the "perfect" job. Here are the requirements for me to work at a job:

  1. I either need to telecommute or be able to walk to the office.

  2. It needs to be able to accommodate me if I have a seizure

  3. I can't be working with heavy machinery or on a vehicle

  4. It can't require certain kinds of flashing lights

  5. It has to provide health insurance

  6. It cannot be part time

These all sound like they would easily match with plenty of jobs. The fact of the matter is, they don't. Because me getting a job like that over someone who doesn't have health requirements is slim to none.

Now, a company can't outright say "do you have epilepsy?" on the job application. But lately they have found some pretty crafty ways of thinning the herd. They will put a "completely optional" spot on an application that allows you to notify them of any chronic illnesses or disabilities you have. You can say "yes" "no" or "I choose not to answer". Saying yes indirectly means they will throw your application in the trash immediately. Saying "I choose not to answer" indicates a yes, and your application goes in to the trash along with all of the yes answers.

Others will be a little more sneaky, but still all the same. They will say that the job requires a "valid driver's license" on jobs that clearly do not require one whatsoever. If you don't have one, that means you have a disability or have committed some sort of crime in the past that would disallow you from obtaining a driver's license. So your application goes straight in to the trash.

Another reason SSDI doesn't put people in to the "lazy" category, is because it's not really stopping people from finding a job. Because it pays SO LOW that there is no conceivable way someone could actually survive off of this money. Someone has to be living with 10 other roommates, married to someone with a job, or living with a very charitable person to pay for their living expenses. Mine will cover my medication, doctor visits, neurologist visits, insurance premiums, and copays, with barely anything left over. Unless you live in the barren tundra and survive on hunting and fishing from a log cabin you built yourself. It's not enough to live on by a longshot. So remember to stick up for people who are receiving something like SSDI, because they rarely enjoy it, and I've never met one who wouldn't take a possible job opportunity should it arise.

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