In August of 2010, NADR received an invitation to send a representative to participate in a two-day symposium on improving the effectiveness of the Listing of Impairments, held by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Committee of Medical Experts to Assist Social Security on Disability Issues for the Social Security Administration. The purpose of the symposium was to share the views of stakeholders in the disability programs administered by SSA, including claimants and potential claimants, and identify ways to improve the listings. Other stakeholders who participated included the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD); the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR); the National Association of Disability Examiners (NADE); the National Council of Disability Determination Directors (NCDDD); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); SSA regional units, including Centers for Disability and headquarters units including the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Office of Quality Performance, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, and Office of Disability Determinations.
They symposium was held in late October in Baltimore, and I was privileged to attend on behalf of NADR, presenting on panels including "The Claimant's Perspective," "How We Can Improve the Listings," and "The Future." Hundreds of experts from all stakeholder groups brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the exhilarating discussion. The papers from each panel and a summary of our recommendations are available to NADR members on the members' only section of our website, and are also available to non-members upon request. While SSA has not stated that they will adopt any specific recommendations at this time, many of the ideas discussed were logical, feasible, and universally supported.