Action Alerts

Submit Commentary to the Social Security Administration by January 31!

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has proposed new rules that would require people who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to participate in more frequent reviews. This would mean a more complicated process and more paperwork. Additionally, more than two million people would be at risk of losing the benefits they rely on to survive.

The proposed rule would:

  • Cut $2.8 billion in Social Security and SSI benefits
  • Increase how often adults and children with disabilities must prove that they have a disability to maintain benefits
  • Put benefits for thousands of people with disabilities at risk

Learn more here about the proposed rule and the harmful changes it could cause.

We have until Friday, January 31 to submit comments for this proposed rule. The government must read and respond to all comments before a final decision is made. It is critical that the disability community send in as many comments as possible explaining:

  • How Social Security and SSI helps people with disabilities.
  • Why this rule is harmful.

Take Action Now:

  1. Click here to submit your comments. For a helpful sample letter, please visit the Center for Public Representation’s website.
  2. Call your state legislators and/or members of Congress (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or Google the phone number for your local office)
    • Provide your name and city/state where you live
    • Briefly share your thoughts on the importance of Social Security and SSI
    • Share your personal stories
  3. Send a Tweet or a Facebook message to your members letting them know that you oppose changes to the review process for SS and SSI.
  4. Spread the word!

Advocacy in Action

Every day is an opportunity to engage in policy and advocacy and promote Employment First!

Ways to engage:

  • Call your state legislators and/or members of Congress (U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121 or Google the phone number for your local office)
    • Provide your name and city/state where you live
    • Briefly share your thoughts on the issues that matter to you
    • Share your personal stories
    • Additional talking points on the policy priorities of APSE are available on our website.
  • Send a Tweet or a Facebook Message to your members.

Advocacy in Action

Read below to learn about APSE's latest accomplishments surrounding public policy and advocacy. 

National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

November 20, 2019

National APSE Director of Policy and Advocacy Invited to Testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about 14(c) and Subminimum Wage for People with…

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Call to Phase Out 14(c) and Subminimum Wage by 2022

April 18, 2019

As the only national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to Employment First – a vision that all people with disabilities have a right to competitive employment…

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E1 Executive Order Signed in NC

March 29, 2019

On March 28, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 92 – “Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities.” The EO can be viewed…

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Washington State Looks to End Subminimum Wage

February 27, 2019

Advocates in Washington State have been working to end Subminimum wage for people with disabilities by helping create and supporting legislation in the 2019 Washington…

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