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Blind Social Security Recipients Sue Agency For Accessible Material
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 18, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA--A group of people who are blind or have vision-related disabilities filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Social Security Administration, claiming that the federal agency discriminates against them.

According to a press release from the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, the plaintiffs alleged that SSA provides information to thousands of blind beneficiaries and applicants in standard print that they cannot read, and that it terminates benefits from such beneficiaries and applicants without making sure they are aware of any problems.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, asked the court to order the agency to offer correspondence and program materials in alternative formats, such as Braille and large type print.

"It is an outrage that SSA, the agency that should know more about disability than any other, sends critical information to blind and visually impaired beneficiaries in print only," said Arlene Mayerson, Directing Attorney at DREDF. Also representing the SSA beneficiaries are the National Senior Citizens Law Center, the Oregon Advocacy Center, and pro bono counsel Heller Ehrman, LLP.

Related press release:
"Blind Beneficiaries Sue Social Security Administration" (DREDF)

http://www.dredf.org/press/ssa.html

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