I completely forgot about this fantastic resource that is for people with any kind of disability until I was linked back to it this evening doing some other research.
Here's a paragraph from them in answer to the question, "What is JAN?"
"The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace."
It's a must resource for anyone employed or who desires to be employed in the future. They are not a service that helps people find jobs, but they provide free consulting services that include one-on-one consulting about job accomodation ideas, requesting and negotiating accommodations and rights under the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA) and related laws. If you have questions about "do I disclose or not?" you can call or email and if you need help with your specific situation.
I used the service about 4 years ago when I needed a specific accommodation on my job, but I couldn't figure out in my research if it was a "reasonable accommodation." So I consulted with them over the phone and the woman who helped me called me several times until we got the issue resolved.
Anyway, check out the site if you think it may be helpful for you or anyone you know!
Topaz, what your doctor said is not true, i.e. that unless you are crippled with depression, you have no chance of qualifying for disability.
Also, just because on disability doesn't mean you can't work part time - you just have to earn under the amount SS allows. I haven't listened to it yet, but on the above link, the first one says you can discover in 30 min or less if you qualify for disabilty. Again, I have not listned to that part yet, so I don't know if that is accurate or not, but it would be worth listening to, huh?
There is a lot of info on that site and would likely answer all the questions re disability that you have. You could also email them if you have more specific quesitons and they will reply.
Please don't let what other people say determine what you do about this. The worse that could happen if you apply is that you would not get approved, and even with that, you could appeal. But read and listen to the information on that site, I believe they could help a lot!
Disability just looks at you, not your husband.
Do what you believe you need to do regardless of what anyone else says. You know you best. Yes, being on disability can have its drawbacks such as lowered income, and even more, not having the structure and sense of contributing that employment can provide. It can take a lot of discipline, but either working (within the limits of social security) or volunteering, or keeping oneself occupied in other ways is very important to prevent sinking into depression.
I have found this to be a really good resource for when you may have questions about your disability benefits or even how to get on disability in the first place. He has little tricks of how one could get approved quicker. There is audio material that goes with most of the written stuff, making it easier for some to follow along.
So have a look at the site and see if it might be something for you or someone you know!
You can become a member for free, and no worries, it doesn't mean you get lots of junk mail from them!
You are welcome, and I was impressed with how they put the clip together with the message - did you know i was one of the persons talking twice in the clip? We made the video last year, a couple weeks after I was in a Peer Support Specialist training. They spent about 2 hrs with each of us presenting to make sure they had enough on each topic they were to use. I was glad I did it - something I normally would have NEVER even considered beause of fear - but I really wanted to, so told the fear to get lost. lol
And yes, we all can live beyond our mental illnesses! We don't have to be defined by our illness - I certainly am not, and someone please "shoot" me if I ever do.
lol Dyanne - thank you and wow re knowing it was me by hearing my voice. I sounded a bit "monotone" in that clip...I got the DVD of more of what I said when they were filming - 4 minutes worth -woooo hooo! lol I actually wished they'd of used some of that than what they did use because there seemed to be more life in my voice and look than in this clip.
Oh well. Glad you liked it. BTW, I didn't even think to look over here for replies lol This was by "accident".