What is the goal of the SSA National Disability Forum?

The goal of the SSA National Disability Forum (Disability Forum) is to provide an all-inclusive and coordinated process for gaining early input on targeted issues affecting individuals with a disability. The Disability Forum gives interested stakeholders an opportunity to share their unique insights on topics of particular intest to SSA early in the process and directly with policy makers. Further, it provides an opportunity for stakeholders to hear unique perspectives from one another. It is not intended to be a means for reaching agreement on an issue and SSA participation is for the purpose of gaining insight through listening.

Who can participate in the SSA National Disability Forum?

The Disability Forum is an open forum of Social Security representatives, individuals with disabilities, advocate organizations, Federal/State/local and tribal government agencies, private companies, members of the medical community, and others interested in assisting individuals with a disability and the SSA disability programs.

How can I share my ideas with the SSA National Disability Forum?

You may share your ideas by using IdeaScale, a cloud based software and during meetings. The Disability Forum Kickoff Meeting will be held Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. There will be an opportunity to participate by phone. Additional details will be provided nearer to the meeting date.

Do I have to register with IdeaScale to provide feedback?

Yes, you must register to provide feedback for disability related IdeaScale campaigns. Once registered, you may respond to IdeaScale surveys as often as you like without registering again. Registration information is private, but the comments you post are viewed by the public and open for comment.

Who will see the information I post to IdeaScale?

Information posted in response to an IdeaScale campaign is viewable to the public. Therefore, we ask that you do not attempt to post personal or case related information. SSA does moderate the campaign to ensure this type of personal information does not get posted.

How often will you meet to discuss proposed topics?

The SSA National Disability Forum plans to meet 3 times per year beginning with a kickoff meeting in September 2014. Prior to each meeting we will host a 4 week engagement using IdeaScale to promote stakeholder discussion. Following the meeting we will host a 2 week post-meeting engagement using IdeaScale to provide a final opportunity for discussion.

Will the coalition override any public feedback for rulemaking or any of the other public forums?

The SSA National Disability Forum gives interested stakeholders an opportunity to share their unique insights on topics of particular intest to SSA early in the process and directly with policy makers. Further, it provides an opportunity for stakeholders to hear from one another—while in no way intended to be a means for reaching agreement on an issue. It will not replace any of SSA’s procedures for making regulatory changes under the Administrative Procedure Act.