SSA Class Action Suit brought by American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind filed a class action suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) asking for additional notice options for individuals with a visual impairment.

A federal court has certified a class composed of applicants, beneficiaries and representative payees with visual impairments that substantially limit their ability to see so that they require communications from SSA to be in an accessible format in order to participate in the Social Security or SSI programs. The class action does not include any claims for money damages. 

SSA will display a poster of the class action notice in large print in field offices across the country from November 14, 2008 through January 16, 2009.  At the same time, there will also be links to the notice on www.socialsecurity.gov and at www.segurosocial.gov/espanol  and a toll-free number will be available for people to call to hear a recording of the notice in English or Spanish. The toll-free number is 1-866-940-0765.  

Please direct any questions about the class action to plaintiff's counsel at 1-800-348-4232 or by e-mail to ssaclassaction@dredf.org. SSA employees are not able to answer any questions concerning it.