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(January 29, 2015) NCD Policy Briefing: "Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability"

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Policy Briefing and Report Release:

“Securing the Social Contract: Reforming Social Security Disability”

January 29, 2015
10:00 – 11:30 AM, ET
210 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC

CART and ASL interpreter provided*

Please join us for a policy briefing and report release on the topic of reforming Social Security disability benefits in a manner aligned with the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency -- and in consideration of how different reform strategies might disproportionately affect certain segments of the disability community.

The policy briefing will begin with a summary of NCD’s research findings and recommendations in its forthcoming report titled Reforming Social Security’s Disability Benefits System, followed by response and dialogue on the report by Social Security experts from public policy research groups, SSA, and disability organizations. We will also hope to hear from individual(s) who have experience as SSDI recipients who can speak to the impact the program has had on their lives. We anticipate the discussion will include the effect of Medicaid policy on the ability of people with disabilities to work; and measures that could move current SSI/DI beneficiaries into the workforce, decrease a likelihood of using such benefits for sole income, and serve as financing options to extend the life of both programs. We hope you will join us for this important discussion!

NCD is an independent federal agency charged with providing advice to Congress, the President, and other federal agencies about policies, practices, and procedures that affect the lives of people with disabilities.


  • Ari Ne’eman: Council Member, National Council on Disability
  • Lisa D. Ekman, JD, MSW: Director of Federal Policy Health & Disability Advocates and Representative of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force.
  • Jagadeesh Gokhale, Ph.D: Project Director at the Public Policy Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Public Policy Initiative, formerly a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and current member of the Social Security Advisory Board.
  • Rebecca Vallas, JD: Director of Policy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress.

NOTE: Unfortunately, we do not have a listen-in option for this briefing, nor will it be webcast. The report around which the briefing is focused will be available on January 29, 2015 at:

*Requests for additional accommodations should be made as soon as possible by email:

This is the list of confirmed presenters as of the time of dissemination. NCD hopes to  add a representative from SSA as well as an SSDI recipient to this list prior to the briefing.