Last year I applied for Social Security Disability based on complications and debilitation due to 3 spinal surgeries I had in my mid twenties. I tried hard to function as a normal person but the work only made my physical problems that much more acute and I realized it was only going to get worse in the future.
Today I had a meeting with my lawyer to see if she can help me win my case after several unsuccessful tries on my own. I couldn't believe my ears when she said that it was going to be hard to convince the government that I needed help as they look at my age and education level as reason why I should be able to work over my disability, despite the fact that my education is based in the arts and not compatable with everyday work environments. Without a degree I cannot teach or work in a museum even if I could find a job offer of such.
I knew that it would take a while before my case came up, but was a bit disappointed to hear that it could be up to the end of next year before I even see a courtroom.
Is this the message that the US Government wants to portray to the world? Stay ignorant and uneducated and we might be willing to help you as a citizen?