The thought of visiting the dentist is frightening for many people. A new video produced by The Arc of Florida is designed to ease the fears self-advocates often have when going to the dentist’s office. “Your Dental Visit” walks self-advocates through the process of seeing the dentist. It was funded by a special appropriation awarded to The Arc of Florida during the 2012 Legislative Session. Funds have also been used to pay for much-needed dental treatments for 450 self-advocates.
The Social Security Administration is expanding the services available with My Social Security personalized accounts. Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients can now access benefit verification letters, payment history, and earnings records instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online. People age 18 and older can sign up for an account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, they must be able to provide information about themselves and answers to questions that only they are likely to know. After completing the secure verification process, people can create a My Social Security account with a unique user name and password to access their information.
Floridians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) should consider voting by absentee ballot this year. The state’s 2012 ballot includes a long list of races and a number of lengthy amendments. Voters with I/DD may feel more comfortable reviewing and filling out their ballot at home. The Arc of Florida shows us how to obtain, complete and submit an absentee ballot.