Disability Facts, What You Do Not Know

Disability Facts

Disability Facts

Disability Facts, What You Do Not Know

“You do not know, what you do not know,” I overheard a middle aged man convey to his impatient wife as they accompanied their son to a Question and Answer forum held inside the duBois Center. The duBois Center  resides on the beautiful pine tree landscape grounds of Northern Arizona University.

The Question and Answer forum at Northern Arizona University provided our family with insightful information and the tour was a true eye opener. I should let my HypoGal readers know that my High School Junior daughter, my husband and myself have begun her college quest.

My daughter places an enormous amount of pride and effort into her grades but her 3.7 G.P.A. falls short of admittance to most California Universities. We realized the competitiveness of California Universities last summer after we attended several California colleges tours and meet with their admissions office.

We promptly realized we needed a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D and… Our family decided to change venue and explore some out of state colleges over the long President’s weekend.

While were explored the beautiful tree lined campus of the Northern Arizona University we learned about the WICHE college program. The WICHE program offers students in the Western Region to attend a selected list of out of state schools for a substantial discounted rate.  

The discovery of the WICHE program is a potential financial-win for our family. Upon reflection of our Presidents weekend road trip I quickly realized the man’s wise words, “You do not know, what you do not know” echoes loudly. “You do not know, what you do not know,” wise words seems to jump out at me as life plays forward.

I am not sure if it was karma, luck, right time- right place that led me to check the box for disability insurance. A co-worker and friend had told me about the high statistics of becoming disabled during a person’s work years. She told me it was financial disaster if a person was to become disabled with disability insurance.

It was because of my friends wise words that I checked my employer’s human resource page to opt in for disability insurance.   It was not until I was stricken with a debilitating chronic illness that I realized my co-worker’s wise words were true.

The Social Security Administration reports that 1 out of 4 individuals over the age of twenty years old will become disabled for a period of over 90 days during their work years. Disability statistics published by the Social Security Administration are alarming and true.

The sad reality is , “You do not know, what you do not know,” I believe every adult should be aware of these alarming disability statistics.    

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