The Definitive Guide

Disability Applications in 2020

If you’ve been looking into applying for SSDI or SSI you may have noticed that most disability cases are denied. Although that can scare some people away from attempting to apply it is normally a lack of documentation that leads to denial.

So, what do you actually need to be successful after applying for disability benefits? In this guide we’ll be walking through the whole process from start to finish.

Let’s get started.

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Contents

Chapter 1:

Applying for Disability with the SSA

If you’ve got a disability that gets in the way of your ability to work, then you may need SSDI or SSI. However, the Social Security Administration or SSA will determine if you will be eligible. 

Thankfully, you don’t need to go to the Social Security Administration office to find out. There are a variety of tools and guides that make applying for disability in 2020 easier than ever.

First, see if you are eligible for disability using the SSA’s Eligibility Screening Tool.

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How to Apply for SSD or SSI

Disability Starter Kit

Although the Obergefell case originated right here in Cincinnati, Ohio during the years before in the 2003-2004 time period we were passing laws to limit same-sex marriage. Like many states at the time Ohio passed laws not recognizing the domestic partnerships or marriages enacted in other states and lead to many in the community pushing back. This push back lead to the Obergefell case that changed marriage equality nationwide.

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Although the Obergefell case originated right here in Cincinnati, Ohio during the years before in the 2003-2004 time period we were passing laws to limit same-sex marriage. Like many states at the time Ohio passed laws not recognizing the domestic partnerships or marriages enacted in other states and lead to many in the community pushing back. This push back lead to the Obergefell case that changed marriage equality nationwide.

Chapter 2:

LGBT MARRIAGE IN OHIO

After the case of Obergefell v. Hodges in 2016 LGBT marriage has been legal across Ohio and the nation. The landmark decision helped to normalize the fight for rights in Ohio so much that approval ratings have gone up to more than 60% and in some polls 68% in recent years. 

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The Fight Toward Equal Marriage

Although the Obergefell case originated right here in Cincinnati, Ohio during the years before in the 2003-2004 time period we were passing laws to limit same-sex marriage. Like many states at the time Ohio passed laws not recognizing the domestic partnerships or marriages enacted in other states and lead to many in the community pushing back. This push back lead to the Obergefell case that changed marriage equality nationwide.

Chapter 3:

Same-Sex Adoption

It wasn’t until 2016 that Ohio began allowing same-sex adoption. Before this, many same-sex couples had to go through single adoption that only gave one parent rights to the child. However, adoption is still difficult today. 

Although same-sex adoption is an Ohio LGBT right, religious groups could still refuse to allow them to adopt. This is a huge problem as most affordable adoptions in the state are done through Catholic Social Services.

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How Same-Sex Adoption Came to Ohio

Much like when Ohio attempted to outlaw domestic partnerships, Mississippi brought about same-sex adoption by denying them. When Mississippi attempted to outlaw adoptions by same-sex couples they soon found themselves in hot water when it became a federal court case. Judges found Mississippi’s law unconstitutional and made other states question their stance on similar laws. This lead to new and more progressive Ohio gay rights.

Rights We Still Don’t Have:

  • Parental Leave Laws for Same-Sex Couples
  • Non-Discrimination Laws for Same-Sex Couples Looking to Adopt
  • Non-Discrimination Laws for Foster Care

Chapter 4:

Conversion Therapy

Despite every article and study on conversion therapy showing that it does not work, many states still have not banned it. This is true here in Ohio as well. However, 7 cities have banned it and with the help of the community we can continue to check off cities across the state. 

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Conversion Therapy in Ohio

Conversion therapy has been a hot topic in the news but we’ve seen little head way in the state of Ohio. Which gives concern for Ohio gay rights progress.

Currently only about 15% of all LGBTQ+ are protected from conversion therapy in the state.

This includes 7 cities in the state. In Dayton, where our headquarters are located, there is a law to help minors from being exposed to the practice. The law states that a $200 fine is given for every day that conversion therapy is administered on a minor.

Percent of State with Conversion THerapy Ban
15%
cities that ban conversion therapy

Chapter 5:

Transgender Rights & Hospitals

Trans rights have been harder to get through in Ohio. Employment laws tend to fall in favor of company dress codes, the state does not allow a change of gender on a birth certificate, and 1 in 5 avoid hospitals due to discrimination. 

Trans rights and hospital rights go hand in hand for many issues as doctors and nurses are not properly trained to handle LGBT clients.

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Transgender Rights in Ohio

Ohio is only one of three states that do not allow trans individuals to change their gender on their birth certificates.

The state does allow citizens to change their gender on the drivers license but are must choose between only male or female.

This year there has been a lot of push back from the trans community in Ohio and there may soon be changes to the law. Hopefully with more trans men and women fighting back in court we will see an improvement in Ohio’s gay rights overall.

  • Name Change on Drivers License
  • Gender Neutral Option on Drivers License
  • Name or Gender Change on Birth Certificate

LGBT Hospital Rights in Ohio

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Hospital rights in Ohio can be confusing and hard to navigate. Thanks to programs like the Human Rights Campaign we can keep track of hospital across the state that respect the rights of the LGBTQ community. Unfortunately, there are still some things to look out for.

First, Ohio must report the health history of any person with HIV. Your HIPPA rights are not acknowledged with this condition and you could face jail time if you are not open about it to your doctor. Next, the CRFD or Consciences and Religious Freedom Division could make it legal for a health provider to discriminate against a patient based on the religious beliefs of the doctor or nurse.

Chapter 6:

Employment Laws

Sadly there are no protections that extend statewide for sexual orientation or gender identity. State employment, however, does have laws that protect LGBTQ+ after an executive order issued by Governor John Kasich in 2011.

But only a handful of counties have banned discrimination in housing or in the workplace.

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Employment Protections in Ohio

Thankfully, in the counties that have passes laws for Ohio gay rights, you have rights to fight back against discrimination. When you face employment law violations you have a legal right to face that company in court. With the help of an employment law lawyer you can decide how you want to proceed with your case.

In the counties listed below, discrimination against an employee for their gender identity or sexual orientation is illegal. This means that you are able to seek a settlement and collect unemployment. But finding the right lawyer might still be an issue.

Although most of the state does not have as progressive laws as these counties. There are still people fighting for Ohio gay rights across the state. 

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Some of these people are law firms. When you face an employment law situation you may still be able to see a day in court that might change the rights of yet another county in Ohio.

Percent of Cities with LGBT Employment protection in Ohio
20%
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Akron
  • Athens
  • Beachwood
  • Bexley
  • Bowling Green
  • Canton (Only Sexual Orientation)
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Cleveland Heights
  • Columbus
  • Coshocton
  • Dayton
  • East Cleveland
  • Kent
  • Lakewood
  • Medina
  • Newark
  • Olmsted Falls
  • Oxford
  • Sandusky
  • Shaker Heights
  • South Euclid
  • Toledo
  • Worthington
  • Yellow Springs
  • Youngstown

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