Jackie Booth, Ph.D.

Diet, Disease and Disability: Stop Ignoring the Facts

By / June 19, 2017 / Opinion / No Comments

There's a health crisis lurking in the bushes of our playgrounds, homes, schools, and neighborhoods. It peeks out every once in awhile and gets our fleeting attention but then we become distracted and ignore it, hoping it will go away. But it is not disappearing on its own and in fact, continues to gain acceptance of Americans until we are now at the point where more than 25% of our children and adults are needlessly at risk for disease, disability and premature death. The danger is called poor nutrition leading to obesity. It is a crisis that has already cost...Read more

Scams Against Disabled People Affect More Than Finances

By / April 19, 2017 / Managing Your Money / No Comments

Around the holidays each year, the activity of professional scammers ramps up ranging from emotional pleas to donate to needy causes to great-sounding offers to double your money to help pay for seasonal expenses. However once the new year begins the fraudulent activity continues with additional people falling victim to swindles. While being scammed is distressing to everyone, it can be especially financially, physically, and emotionally devastating to persons with disabilities. With nearly 50 million people currently identified as disabled, a large percentage of American families are affected by crimes committed in the area of fraud against the disabled. The...Read more

Returning To Work With Dyslexia

By / January 12, 2017 / Injuries & Illness / No Comments

Dear Disability Advisor, I am asking a question on behalf of my Son who has learning difficulties he has word blindness this has never stopped him holding down a job from age 16 till 29 unfortunately he has lost his job and finding it extremely difficult getting back into work He needs support as he can't read or write or use a computer to job search I have been helping him with the job search He has signed up with an agency and had a induction for a factory job with an imitate start he had to tick boxes to...Read more

SSI Benefits For A Family Member With Mental Issues

By / January 8, 2017 / SSI Benefits / 7 Comments

Dear Disability Advisor, My 56 year old brother in law has not worked since he has been 22 years old.  When he was 18 his parents had him committed with scizophrenia briefly for a week or so, he begged them to come home and they let him.  He never went for treatment, went off his meds and the rest of the children left the home, got married and got on with life,  He continued to live at his parents house and they never forced him to get help, a job or see a doctor...fast forward 34 years and his parents...Read more

Dating with Bipolar Disorder

By / December 27, 2016 / Injuries & Illness / No Comments

Dear Disability Advisor, My life has been a struggle for many years until this past year, at age 37, when I was finally diagnosed and treated for Bipolar Disorder. I am working with a therapist and doctor to manage my condition and lead as normal a life as possible. Recently, I moved to be closer to my older sister who has been very supportive. I am still with the same medical team for treatment but am too far from my previous home to stay in contact easily with my former friends. I’d like to meet new people and make some...Read more

Communicating with Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Seniors

By / December 27, 2016 / Injuries & Illness / No Comments

Dear Disability Advisor, I am a director of recreation at a senior center that offers classes, crafts, exercise, and social events for people in our community.  One of our local high schools has volunteered to supply student volunteers to work as assistants to our regular teachers in working with our senior population.  The biggest problems we seem to have is in helping our teens communicate so that the seniors, most of whom have hearing loss, can understand and hear them. Is there something I can add to our orientation training about communicating with deaf and hard of hearing seniors? Joyce...Read more

Difficulties with Hearing Loss

By / December 27, 2016 / Injuries & Illness / 2 Comments

Dear Disability Advisor, My 59 year-old husband has been experiencing severe hearing loss for the past couple of years to the point where it is impossible to carry on a normal conversation with him. But that’s not the worst. He cannot understand people on the telephone, has to watch television with the maximum volume and still cannot hear, and even has problems identifying traffic sounds while driving, such as horns, motorcycles, or even sirens. He wears hearing aids but they don’t seem to work very well. In addition to the frustration at home, he works in an office where he...Read more

People with Disabilities: Setting Goals for a Better Life

By / October 26, 2016 / Managing Your Money / 1 Comment

What comes to mind when you think about the next step in your life?  If you agree that you want to build a more stable future, than you have to include looking and preparing for opportunity. Despite challenges you face and obstacles that may undermine your current situation, there are plenty of things you can explore, research, and try to create opportunities for success.  It takes some time to evaluate yourself and your unique situation.  But the time you spend figuring out your abilities and options for making progress towards your goals is a great investment toward improving your situation...Read more

Money Management Skills: Part Two

By / October 15, 2016 / Managing Your Money / No Comments

Once you have the basics of money and budgeting, you are ready to tackle a few more advanced skills to build your expertise.  Here we will focus on credit and debt, planning for emergencies, adding to your income, and continually improving your finance knowledge and skills. Ready? Skill # 3: Handling Credit and Debt Some information about the use of credit cards was covered in the section on understanding forms of money.  But here we are focused more on credit itself-- as the ability to purchase goods and services now with a promise to pay in the future. Obviously this...Read more

Money Management Skills: Part One

By / October 15, 2016 / Managing Your Money / No Comments

Self-sufficient adults need money management skills. These articles are about the very basics of money management, and would apply to anyone including young people who are just beginning to be responsible for themselves, someone who is new to the United States currency and working within our banking system, or someone who has not had to manage on a fixed income before, such as those receiving social security disability benefits. You may have a firm grasp of these skills already. Becoming disabled later in life requires acceptance of many changes, including a change in mindset and in your financial plans going...Read more

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