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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 6/11/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Howdy all,

It's been awhile since I've posted.

So, I'm hoping there might still be a few old timers who might remember me wink tongue

This is a bit off topic but I'm hoping someone might still be able to help

Anyways, I've been on SSDI for several years and knew at one point I'd be receiving a CDR but didn't think it would've happened so soon. Well anyways I check my mail today and low and behold there it is a white envelope with the words SSA CDR on it.

I'm a bit unnerved by it's presence. Fortunately it's the short form but there's one question on it that has me worried.

There's a question that asks if you've attended school or working training. I've been attending some classes which have been paid by my state's voc-rehab office. I've only been attending one class a week and it has been very difficult due to my current chronic pain issues but because I have attended I'm concerned that I will be kicked off of disability before I'm ready. (That is the plan eventually) So I have to answer the question as a yes but if I do I'm almost 100% positive that it will cause a red flag in my file.

Has anyone been through this or something similar?

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3089
   Posted 6/12/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi quahog,

I remember some of your posts! Welcome back! I can't help you with your question though. All I know about SSD I've learned here, and I have no idea what a CDR is (chronic disability reassessment, maybe? just throwing some words around). Sorry! I hope you are doing well & aren't in too much pain! Hopefully someone else will be able to help you!


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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 6/12/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
No Quahog, it will not send up a red flag. Just because you are on disability does not mean that you can't attend classes or volunteer for something or that you just have to sit at home, unless you, in your original claim stated that you could not sit or stand or something like that for a particular length of time.
You'll be fine. Do not lie by ommission or leave out information, doing that can bite you in the butt big time.
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 6/12/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information

I'm just a bit worried is all as I do think it will effect my benefits.

The only reason I attempted school was because I wanted to see if I could.

I'm only going to one class for about 2 hours a week and even then I've missed quite a few.

But part of my disability was granted because I have trouble sitting or standing for long periods.

It was to my understanding one could try to work or attend school through the ticket to work program and I thought that is what I was doing but apparently not as my state's voc rehab office did not submit my ticket. Even though they knew I was on SSDI.
So according to the agency that runs the ticket to work program I am not protected from disability reviews.

At this point I have no idea what I am going to do. Perhaps I am making more out of this than need be but I don't want to be kicked off disability until I am ready to return to the work force.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 6/12/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am just beginning my SSD journey, so I am in no way an expert. Not even close. But it would seem to me as Sandi said if you're honest the fact you were attempting to see if you could work again would be viewed in your favor, that you're not just sitting around. I would try to see if Voc Rehab has any documentation that they were going to submit re: the ticket to work program, but maybe it didn't get faxed, got lost, whatever, but you could include that. Plus from my reading of SSD you're allowed to earn up to $900/month (I believe that's gross pay, not net) as I'm still working a couple of hours a week. You might even ask the teacher to document what days you were absent from the training. I thought attempts to work were encouraged, and if it means you're finding out that no, you aren't any better than you were before, that would help. Just be honet, but try to have some documentation if you can.

But again, I am NOT an expert in this!

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