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Social Security Announces Nationwide Launch of Compassionate Allowances

FV Indiana recognizes that Social Security is a topic of importance to our members. We wanted to share the following update with you. While many of the conditions that now will receive expedited decisions are not common to our families we believe staying current on policy changes is to everyone’s benefit.

Social Security Announces Nationwide Launch of Compassionate Allowances
Process Will Fast Track Applications For People with Cancers and Rare Diseases


Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced the national rollout of the agency’s Compassionate Allowances initiative, a way to expedite the processing of disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions obviously meet Social Security’s standards.

“Getting benefits quickly to people with the most severe medical conditions is both the right and the compassionate thing to do,” Commissioner Astrue said. “This initiative will allow us to make decisions on these cases in a matt…

Your Voice, Your Vote: Early Voting

Election Day is your chance to share your voice with your vote. Since there has been great interest in this election, there are projections that the lines on election day may be very long with long waits. We hope that won't deter anyone from participating in this important process.
In Indiana, there is also an option to vote early.

All registered voters in Indiana are eligible to vote absentee-in-person at the county election board office beginning 29 days before Election Day.You can access the Contact Information Search page to search for contact information for a county. Contact information is displayed for the County Election Board and the county voter registration office.

When voting early or on Election Day, voters must present an Indiana or government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. passport.

My Voice, My Vote is for young adults with disabilities who want to make a difference. It is specific to Minnesota's voting r…

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates

This November Hoosier Voters will select our next Superintendent of Public Instruction. Family Voices encourages our members to learn about the two candidates, Dr. Richard Wood (Democrat) and Dr.Tony Bennett (Republican). You can click on each candidates name to visit their official websites. Additionally, there are two ways that you can “hear” from the candidates. The Arc of Indiana has short video interviews of each candidate on their website. The Indiana Public Broadcasting network has hour long question and answers audio sessions with each candidate available on their site.