IHSA, disabled swimmer reach deal over lawsuit – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

I have seen disabled swimmers swim in private club swim meets. This should not be too much of a stretch at the high school level.

AMC to add technology to assist people with hearing, vision disabilities – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

Let’s put it this way, there is much more chance that the Obama administration will pay attention to Social Security Disability and try to improve the waiting periods for a Social Security Disability hearing than if this was the McCain administration.

It is much more likely that people in the Obama administration have closer ties with some of the groups advocating for people with disabilities and some of the legal groups who represent people with disabilities. 

There is also the matter of the same party being in control of the legislative and executive branches, and congress having to listen to constant complaints from constituents who cannot get a hearing.

The problem is that an overhaul of Social Security will take much money and a lot more employees. That would create jobs, but it is not exactly the type of stimulus being discussed in Washington.

Does President Obama’s election mean that Social Security Disability cases are going to be decided faster?

It is certainly more complicated than who is president. Of course, it is probably more likely with President Obama’s election that more resources may be available for the Social Security Administration.

However, there are all kinds of budget pressures from defense spending to bailout funding. The bottom line is that more staff is needed and better use of technology and increased technology spending are all needed to move disability cases faster.

The two year plus wait is terrible and inexcusable but I do not see it changing dramatically till late in President elect Obama’s first term.

The ray of hope is that the Obama Administration will be more sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities.

Last night was the Disabilities Expo put on by Access Allies of Bloomington Normal. It was another great event. Thanks, Chris!

The weather did not cooperate but it was good to see the people who came out and to have so many exhibitors who provide important services to the community.

If you were unable to attend be sure to call me, Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371, if you have questions about Children’s SSI or Social Security Disability.

Let me know if there are any other fairs in the Central Illinois area. I will be glad to attend and talk with you about Social Security Disability.