If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
SSDI provides monthly cash payments based on the individual’s earning record, not financial need. This earning record is on file at the Social Security Administration (SSA), and an individual might be eligible if he or she has worked long enough to earn an adequate amount of work credits. However, someone does not necessarily need to have a work record to be eligible to receive SSDI. Once you are approved for SSDI benefits, you can receive up to one year’s worth of payments for time prior to the application starting at the time of the official disability.
A Disabled Adult Child (DAC), age 18 or older, who became disabled prior to age 22 might be able to receive SSDI if they have an adoptive or biological parent who retires, becomes disabled or dies. It is not necessary that the adult child ever worked because benefits are paid based on the parent’s earning record. Determining if your child qualifies for SSDI can be a complicated process. If you are not certain whether or not your child would qualify, contact your local social security office.
Your eligibility for SSDI will be determined by the SSA. To apply, call toll free 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and schedule an appointment with a representative to fill out the paperwork. Applications are also available online. This determination will consider work history, current earnings, and age of the applicant.
Social Security website has more information.
What if my SSDI application is denied?
About 60% of all SSDI applications are denied the first time. If your application is denied for medical reasons, you can submit the Appeal Request and Appeal Disability Report online. This asks you for updated information about your medical condition and any treatment, tests, or doctor visits since the decision was made. If the denial was for non- medical reasons, contact your local Social Security Office to request the review by calling 1-800-772-1213. You may want to contact an advocacy organization or attorney to help with the appeal process. The MN Disability Law Center and Arc are good places to start.