Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Praises Social Security Class Action Settlement

Baltimore, Maryland (November 11, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind commented today on a settlement agreement resolving a class action on behalf of employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA) with targeted disabilities. Targeted disabilities include blindness, deafness, partial or complete paralysis, and intellectual disability, among others. The National Federation of the Blind provided assistance to the class agents in this matter.

Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “The National Federation of the Blind is pleased that a settlement has been reached that will provide meaningful opportunities for career advancement within the Social Security Administration, one of the largest federal employers of people with disabilities. This agreement will compensate employees with disabilities who were denied positions for which they were qualified and will put in place new reasonable accommodation, technology, and training policies that will help workers with disabilities advance within the SSA. We believe that this agreement rectifies serious inequities and has the potential to make the Social Security Administration a model employer of Americans with disabilities.”

For more information about the settlement agreement, including who is included in the class covered by the settlement and how eligible class members can make a claim for monetary compensation, visit