Social security disability policies contain two fundamental elements: a definition of disabilities and a determination of eligibility for benefits. Social Security does not deny benefits to people with disabilities, but does not provide them the same benefits and services that everyone else is entitled to receive. In order to meet their legal obligations, people with disabilities must file Social Security Income Report (SSIS) forms with the appropriate local office. These forms list each condition, such as learning disability, physical disability, and mental disability, as well as identifying the types of disabilities. The forms also list the person’s relationship to all others who are similarly situated, including parents, children, spouse, and dependent relatives.
Social Security’s benefits for disabilities vary according to the conditions identified in the SSIS forms. Some of these conditions are described as “self-identity,” which means that the patient’s identity does not match his or her social identity. Some people with this condition have a tendency to call themselves by their given names throughout the rest of their lives, even when using a different name to identify themselves at different times. This condition is called “social faux pas.” Other examples of self-identity include people who claim to be members of specific minority groups or women, or claiming to be members of a particular gender Disability concerns.
Self-identity concerns differ from disability benefits in that they focus on an aspect of life, rather than an overall disability. Many social security disability programs focus on providing assistance for the basics, such as ensuring that certain rooms are fully equipped to meet the needs of disabled individuals. Some focus on helping people get jobs, or vocational training, or other resources that they would otherwise be unable to afford on their own. Others focus on improving the social and emotional well-being of disabled citizens. In essence, all of these programs attempt to ensure that disabled individuals have access to the resources and opportunities that they need to lead fulfilling lives.
Another aspect of self-identity is the use of different terminology. For example, while some disabled individuals may refer to themselves as female, or male, this is not a legitimate reason for doing so. The Social Security Administration uses neutral terms (which the agency has set down) such as “minor” or “employed”. The goal of this terminology is to eliminate any possibility for gender discrimination. Unfortunately, the language on disability aids and books does not always keep up with modern societal expectations, which can make it difficult to determine whether or not a person is truly intersex or simply self-identifying based on physical traits.
Disability concerns are an important part of the lives of many disabled individuals, and it is important to consider them when making decisions about their future. It can be difficult, in our often gendered society, to decide whether to go with your instincts, or to adhere to medical advice. After all, many disabled individuals feel that their gender does not matter, or that they will one day be surgically removed from their body. There is little doubt that gender is a concern for those who are born with certain characteristics, such as those with a deformed heart condition, muscular development issues, or those with certain types of learning disabilities. However, it makes sense that if these individuals were to attempt to live a full and meaningful life as women or men, that they would have the same opportunities afforded to other individuals. Thankfully, there are many options available that help intersex individuals to lead a fuller life, despite their intersex identity.
In the past, those intersex issues were usually not addressed within the medical community. Today, most major hospitals have staff members well versed in dealing with intersex issues. With increasing education and awareness, more disabled individuals are recognizing that their disability does not limit them, and that their intersex identity does not cause problems in daily life. Rather than living in fear, these individuals are choosing to live fulfilling lives, despite their intersex condition.