Well, while this might be OT, I live here in South Africa, and it's nothing like any of these other countries...LOL!

In order to get a bit of pittance from government, you literally need to earn almost nothing, and while we don't have things like jury duty, we don't really have public transport that's really too usable as such etc. etc.


OTOH, disabled people count as what we call affirmative action, so you might get employed just to be there/on the payroll, but, no thank you!

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
'...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

----- Original Message ----- From: "dark" <d...@xgam.org>
To: "Gamers Discussion list" <gamers@audyssey.org>
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] How to non program a game


Again, sounding worryingly familiar indeed, ---- though at least in the Us
you can get the bennifit back at some point, ---- in the Uk you absolutely
can't which is why Damien had to suddenly stop developing commercial games.

a most irritating system.

Beware the grue!

Dark.
----- Original Message ----- From: "David Chittenden" <dchitten...@gmail.com>
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Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Audyssey] How to non program a game


Hello,

In the US, the total amount of money you can have is $2000 if you are
single and $3000 if you are a married couple who are both on SSI or SSDI.

As for working, theyre are ways to get around the restrictions in order
to earn some money, but it is complicated, and if you screw the
calculations up, the government comes down quite hard on you.

Basically, if you receive SSDI, you can earn up to $700 per month
without penalty. Above that and you need to be very careful about
including your blind-related work expenses, and you must be very good
about keeping the proofs of everything you claim.

SSD will allow you to earn nice amounts of money for up to nine months
on the trial back to work program, and then you can receive another
three months if you follow the paperwork properly. After 12 months, the
SSD, and all related Medicare and MedicAid are removed. Finally, after
the year of benefits while earning other money has completed, you cannot
do it again for 72 months because, if you do, there is a good chance
that it could take up to two years to reestablish your benefits when you
stop working.

David Chittenden, MS, CRC, MRCAA


dark wrote:
This is sounding worryingly familiar Tom. the Uk bennifit laws work very much the same way, ---- with the nastier restriction that you actually can only have £6000 in savings or lose the lot, ---- a penny over and everything goes west.

pluss, once your off disability bennifit, your off!

On the occasions that relatives have left me money or I've been able to save extra, I actually have to funnel it into an account my parents hold, sinse otherwise I'd actually be seriously struggling to ahve enough money even to buy food, ---- let alone pay my tuition fees.

You also under Uk law cannot legally work more than 16 hours a month and keep disability bennifits, ---- and you can only work that 16 hours for a six month period as on the job training.

For this reason my brother is stil! working voluntarily for a law firm trying to get his salicitor's training contract, ---- because he legally cannot earn the money without losing his bennifits, ---- and he couldn't make more than what his bennifits are giving him currently without working full time, ---- which he cannot do.

And that's aside from the £18000 student lone he stil owes the government for his five years at university geting a law degree and legal practice course, ---- which is going up by an extra £1000 a year!

Needless to say, this is also a practical question of disability, which the deffinition in my thesis is going to address.

Appologies for the slightly off topic wrant, --- just put it down to inthusiasm about my research!

Beware the grue!

Dark.

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