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    i have thought about getting my M.A in counseling but im not sure if thats what i want to do for sure or not yet. still trying to decide. are you glad that you did counseling as your profession or would you have changed it if you could go back? i am definitely looking into going through voc rehab to get my M.A. thanks
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    i am on medicare. when i work full time i get the companies insurance as well so i double up, but since i got laid off last month i am just on medicare
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshstevens7 View Post
    i have thought about getting my M.A in counseling but im not sure if thats what i want to do for sure or not yet. still trying to decide. are you glad that you did counseling as your profession or would you have changed it if you could go back? i am definitely looking into going through voc rehab to get my M.A. thanks
    I'm glad I did the MA in counseling as I was able to get a job fairly quickly and felt I was a big help to many disabled folks. That said, I first got an MA in Anthropology and no way could I find a job. Now, in retirement I read books in that field. Now finishing Last Days of the Incas and still love "exploring" in this field via books.

    I often explained to clients who were undecided that while work is not always the best choice for someone, working will establish a record for later benefits level for Social Security (or SSDI). If one has a significant disability SSDI would be an option after some years of work. The check would be higher with a recent work record; the higher the pay, the higher the SSDI check. P.S. Some disabled folks think that they might not get SSDI at all if they want to leave a job - if they are paralyzed, they will get it! SS doesn't give a s___ that you have been working; if you fall into the category of paralyzed, you get the benefits.

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    Triumph, SSDI only goes to those who have worked and some minors if they have lost a parent. Since when do adults with SCI who have never worked or are well under the 40 quarters get SSDI? SSI maybe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
    Triumph, SSDI only goes to those who have worked and some minors if they have lost a parent. Since when do adults with SCI who have never worked or are well under the 40 quarters get SSDI? SSI maybe...
    To clarify, note my second paragraph.

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    what is the highest SSDI amount that can be given? I know you have to work so long and make a certain amount, but wondering what the highest someone could possibly get
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    Here is some information on the fairly complex formulas used to determine actual dollar amount received for SSDI. The maximum disability benefit in 2014 is $2,642/month:

    http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/how-much-in-ssd.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by triumph View Post
    To clarify, note my second paragraph.
    I got it on the second read but some may not. Especially if they watch late night ads for SSDI lawyers. But yes, once the proper time is in paraplegia and quadriplegia is pretty much an automatic pass.
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

    Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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    just found out that if i get on ssdi i would get approx $1609 a month. not bad considering that is what i am getting on unemployment right now. i could either go back and get my masters degree tthrough voc rehab or work part time and make up to $1000 a month right?
    Josh S.
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