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Medical job readiness requirement deemed unnecessary burden

Disabled Americans often face many hurdles in life. Whether deemed as disabled due to a physical, mental or emotional disorder; finding adequate employment is often an issue with which many disabled individuals must contend. One federal office recently announced new regulations making it easier for disabled individuals to gain employment.

Traditionally, individuals who receive social security disability benefits are required to obtain certification from a doctor that they are ready and able to work. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management, however, recently announced it is doing away with this so-called "job readiness" requirement for individuals with a variety of disabilities.

When announcing the decision to do away with the medical job readiness requirement, officials at the federal office said they believed it to be an "unnecessary burden". Individuals with physical, mental and psychiatric disabilities will now be judged solely based upon their experience, skills and ability to perform related work duties.

The decision to do away with medical job readiness certification is positive in that it makes the process of applying for and obtaining employment with a major federal agency less burdensome for disabled Americans. Employment with such an entity can provide a disabled individual with much-needed access to competitive wages and good medical benefits. Likewise, such jobs help disabled individuals feel more empowered and independent.

While it's encouraging that some individuals living with disabilities are able to eventually return to the workforce, many are in need to financial and social assistance via social security disability benefits. Such benefits are the lifeline for millions of disabled Americans who rely upon monthly SSD benefits to provide basic life necessities including food, housing and clothing.

Source: Disability Scoop, "Hiring Requirements Eased For Those With Disabilities," Michelle Diament, Feb. 25, 2013

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