[nfbmi-talk] SSI questions
christine_boone at comcast.net
Sun Feb 19 19:26:45 CST 2012
Mike, Elizabeth is right on.
I remember you and I know that you are over the age of 18. You should call that same Social Security office and ask for an appointment with a supervisor. If that does not work, then you should march right back down to that office and wait to see a representative. If you get a person who tells you that you cannot have your own SSI check deposited into your own account because you are blind, or because you are blind and have an additional disability, they are not being honest with you.
Now, you must be your own legal guardian of course, and it goes without saying that you most certainly have the intelligence to be your own legal guardian. If your Mom is willing to simply allow you to become the payee on your own account, that is the easiest way. Even if a parent is not willing though, once you reach the age of majority (18) you are entitled to receive all Social Security benefits to which you are entitled, directly deposited into your own account.
Joe was also right when he told you that you have the right to have every notice, letter or other document that Social Security ever sends you, provided in the alternative format of your choice. I receive all of mine in Braille, but I did need to request that twice before they made it happen.
On Feb 17, 2012, at 12:12 PM, Elizabeth wrote:
> Hello Mike,
> I would think that the only reason they could do something like this is if you are under the age of eighteen. In which case, once you turn eighteen, you should be able to receive the checks under your name without any problem. If you are already over the age of eighteen, I would suggest talking to another case manager, or perhaps a supervisor.
> Hope this helps,
> From: "Mike Welty" <rattail4 at gmail.com>
> Sent: Friday, February 17, 2012 10:55 AM
> To: <nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org>
> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] SSI questions
>> Hey all,
>> Yesterday i stopped by Social Security as i wanted to remove my mom as my payee and control the account myself. Only problem is, teh SSIrep tole me flat out i can not be my own payee, because of my disability, blindness. Is this the actual law? It seems to me that this flies completely against the ADA, and 4 other reps before hand told me i could control my own account. So does anyone here have the straight truth? Can I or can Inot control my own SSI, regardless if i'm blind.
>> Any help would be greatfully taken.
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