How to Become a Social Security Disability Advocate
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How to Become a Social Security Disability Advocate

Over 2 million adults and approximately ½ million children apply for Social Security Disability Insurance each year. Of those, only 29 percent are likely to receive benefits because they did not have proper representation. A disability advocate or representative can help people that have had had life-altering amputations, mental impairments, and diseases that will restrict them from earning a living wage.

Over 2 million adults and approximately ½ million children apply for Social Security Disability Insurance each year. Of those, only 29 percent are likely to receive benefits because they did not have proper representation. A disability advocate or representative can help people that have had had life-altering amputations, mental impairments, and diseases that will restrict them from earning a living wage.

Who can be a Disability Advocate?

With changes made in the law, people that are non-attorneys and do not have a college degree can become disability advocates. However, they must meet the Social Security Administration (Disability Act 404.1505 [a] and [b]).  In short, the person must be:

  • A person of good character and reputation
  • Able to give valuable help to the claimant
  • Eligible and not disqualified or suspended by the administration for mishandling of a claimant case
  • Is not prohibited by law from representing a claimant

Those offering courses to become a disability advocate recommend that you have some legal or medical training because of the amount of legal and medical information you would need to understand and properly represent a claimant.

 Job Description

While the job originally involved personal contact with a claimant, the advent of electronic transmission and communication has made it possible for disability advocates to work from home and with clients across the country. You will be dealing with medical and legal documents, researching cases and communicating with the SSA regularly. You will need to have an in-depth understanding of medical disabilities and be able to prepare a written document in such a way as to clearly and concisely state your client’s reason for needing SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance).

Training   

There are three online schools for obtaining the courses you will need to become a Disability Advocate, and they are:

  • www.degree-humanservices.com
  • www.diability-advocate.com
  • www.socialsecuritydisabilityadvocate.com

The average tuition is $950 with some payment options. Furthermore, there are some courses needed to become an advocate offered through community colleges. The courses involve medical, legal, and home office management and sales, as well as in-depth understanding of SSA regulations governing disability insurance. The SSA also handles the fees, requires that you understand the code of conduct and has the authority to fine an individual for misconduct. However, the code of conduct is common sense based.

Course Time and Expected Income

To finish the courses required, most individuals will have completed the training within 2 to 4 months. The fees are set and agreed upon by the client, the SSA, and the disability advocate and may vary between $1500 and a maximum of $6000 per case.

Certification

Certification is done through the Social Security Administration and in Texas with Texas Rehabilitation. It involves extensive training and covers the 13 body systems (medical) for adults and children. Requirements may vary from state to state; however, the basics are the same.

Source:

www.socialsecuritydisabilityadvocate.com

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