Enable folks with (dis)abilities to receive Scholarships without fear of harming their health!

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Enable folks with (dis)abilities to receive Scholarships without fear of harming their health!

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Alisha Vasquez started this petition

 

 

 

Currently, under SSI 1619, an individual with a disability may work and remain eligible for Medi-Cal (or Medi-Aid), which pays for life-sustaining devices such as ventilators.  

 

Medi-Cal eligibility also allows for In-Home Support Services which provides the money to hire personal assistants to do housekeeping and assist with daily personal needs. These services enable an individual with a disability to hold a job, shattering negative stereotypes surrounding people with disabilities. 

 

The problem is that under SSI 1619 fellowships, along with scholarships and grants, are defined as "unearned income."  That means that if a person takes a fellowship, scholarship, or grant, she will become ineligible for SSI 1619.

We are urging the Federal Government to correct this issue that continues to hinder scholars, artists, and people with disabilities from achieving further prominence in their fields due to income restrictions. In order to make the world more accessible to all Americans, we ask Congress and President Obama to add fellowships, scholarships, and grants to the Longmore Amendment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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