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New Website Illustrates Growing Number of Disabling Illnesses and Injuries

Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 2:05PM

CDA President Barry Lundquist says Americans need to be better educated about the likelihood that illness or injury could prevent them from working for a prolonged period of time and about the importance of protecting income from that risk.

“There is agreement among working Americans that their ability to earn an income is more important than any other resource in maintaining financial security,” said Lundquist. “However, despite that importance, protecting income is not top of mind for most working Americans.” As evidence, the Social Security Administration reports that 67 percent of employees are not covered by any type of private long-term disability insurance.

From the Disability Counter’s innovative homepage, visitors can access tools to improve their “disability IQ.” They can 1) take the Disability Awareness Quiz, 2) get health tips on how to reduce the chances of suffering a disability, and 3) complete their Personal Disability Quotient (PDQ) to estimate their own individual risk of becoming disabled and to determine the value of their future income.

The CDA suggests that visitors to the site help protect friends, family members and co-workers by spreading awareness about the risk and impact of disability. Visitors to www.DisabilityCounter.org can easily share the site on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Disability Counter can be used in a number of ways. Financial advisors can use it to raise their clients’ awareness of just how often disability strikes. Employers can use it to educate employees about the disability risk and ways to guard against it. And individuals can use it to get more educated about disability and take responsibility for their own financial security.

 


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