National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives Names New President

Oct 17, 2012, 14:49 ET from National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)

Members Gather In Seattle For 65th National Convention on Disability Law –

SEATTLE, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) kick off their 65th national conference today, Wednesday, October 17, at the Westin Seattle. The focus of the four-day conference is disability law and enhancing current members' skills in providing the highest quality representation for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants.

This conference serves as the inaugural event for new NOSSCR President Debra Shifrin. Shifrin takes the reins from Charles Martin, who served as the organization's President for the last year.

"It's an honor to take over as NOSSCR President," said Debra Shifrin. "I take very seriously the responsibility that comes with this position and will do everything in my power to make sure that all American workers who experience an unexpected disability are treated with respect and receive the benefits they have earned." 

Shifrin – a practicing disability attorney in Akron, Ohio, and a partner at the firm of Shifrin Newman Smith – vows to continue NOSSCR's pledge to make sure the disabled community's voice is not silenced as the debate over possible SSDI budget cuts continues. For the past year, NOSSCR has been combating unfounded and dishonest media and political attacks against the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits program which claim the program is being abused by non-disabled claimants and is rife with other fraudulent activities. 

"Disability does not discriminate," Shifrin added. "Americans support the SSDI program and want the government to make sure it remains available to all hard-working citizens."

Despite the ongoing attacks on SSDI in the media and by politicians, a recent poll by Lincoln Park Strategies supports Shifrin's assertions. Results revealed that 83 percent of voting Americans – including 75 percent of Republicans polled – support the SSDI program, while 77 percent of voters believe the government should look to cut other programs to balance the budget.

The facts are denying or delaying SSDI benefits to disabled workers leads to bigger issues nationwide, such as bankruptcies, family dissolutions, as well as an increase in home foreclosures, evictions and homelessness. Federal assistance programs such as welfare and Medicaid will also experience increased strained, and tragically, some disabled claimants would lose their battle with illness while they wait out the delay in receiving the benefits they have earned.

For more information about NOSSCR, who NOSSCR helps and the Social Security Disability Benefits program, check out NOSSCR's new website:

Established in 1979, NOSSCR is a professional association of over 4,000 attorneys and other advocates who help individuals with disabilities obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. NOSSCR members are committed to providing high-quality representation for SSDI claimants, to maintaining a system of full and fair review for every claimant and beneficiary and to advocating for improvements in the disability determination and adjudication process.

SOURCE National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)