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Disability Benefits Services Webinar Trainings

2019 DBS Webinar Series: 

You can register for ONE single webinar or an entire 6-week webinar series.

*PLEASE NOTE: Even though a webinar date has passed, you may still register to receive a webinar recording by contacting Byron Kish at bkish@eastersealscolorado.org.

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Click Here to View the 2019 DBS Webinar Flyer

Purpose of Our Webinars

Our webinars are designed to help families better understand the SSA’s disability programs and navigate the application process throughout the U.S.  We have chosen six topics that are relevant to most individuals and families.  A brief description of each topic is on the next page.

Resources Provided

1. A copy of the slides will be sent prior to each webinar.
2. Video recordings of each webinar are provided to all registered participants.
3. In addition to the Questions & Answers (Q&A) portion of the live webinar, a written Q&A will be provided following each webinar. This has the added benefit of allowing me to further research each question so I can provide accurate and concise information to everyone.

Candidates for this Training

Anyone assisting in or preparing for the SSA disability application process, including individuals applying for SSI/SSDI, families of individuals with disabilities, clinicians, case managers, advocates, and staff who provide services to individuals in need of accessing disability benefits.


For individuals, $30 per webinar or $150 for all 6 webinars. Group pricing is available for groups of seven or more.  Contact Byron Kish at bkish@eastersealscolorado.org for more information. We also appreciate donations as this helps us to sustain our program and services at the lowest possible cost to those we serve.

How to Register

Register online at www.bit.ly/dbswebinars; or complete the 2019 registration form and return with payment by email (bkish@eastersealscolorado.org), fax (888.396.9836), or mail (Easterseals Colorado DBS, 393 S Harlan St, Suite 250, Lakewood, CO 80226). Payment can be made via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover), check or money order (Please write DBS Webinars on the memo line).

Webinar #1: The SSA Disability Programs and Process

Learn the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability and its importance

Emphasizes why working can be good for you and your disability case

Teaches the similarities and differences between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Discusses the application process, how & where to apply, and the time frame

Webinar #2: The SSA Application Forms

Teaches how you should complete the SSA 3368 Adult Disability Report and SSA 827 Authorization to Release Information

Teaches how to complete the SSA 821 Work Activity Report and when it's required

Teaches the importance of the SSA 1696 Appointment of Representative form

Webinar #3: The Medical Eligibility Criteria

Teaches the medical criteria and the five-step determination process

Teaches how to use this information to explain how a person meets the medical criteria

Teaches what additional case development can improve the success of an application

Webinar #4: Transition from Child to Adult Disability

• Discusses child (SSI) and adult disability (SSI/SSDI) and the transition between them

• Explains the requirements and importance of disabled adult child (DAC) benefits

• Teaches how to plan for disability issues that arise with transition age youth/adults

• Discusses how parents and professionals, including, case workers, teachers, and doctors, can help support a disability application

Webinar #5: The SSA Work History Report

Provides information on how to properly complete the SSA’s Work History Report

Walks you through the report and explains what questions mean in simple terms

Provides a strategy to answering the Work History report's questions

Provides important tips in filling out this report

Webinar #6: The SSA Adult Function Report

Walks you through the report and explains what questions mean in simple terms

Further builds on strategies discussed in the Work History webinar and how to apply them to the Function Report

Highlights concepts, organization, and strategies particularly important to this form

Discusses common mistakes and how to avoid them in completing this form


Byron J. Kish, Esq., DBS Program Manager & Colorado SOAR State Lead

Byron Kish is an attorney with over 8 years of experience in the disability field.  His past experience has included two years as an Attorney Adviser for the Social Security Administration reviewing Administrative Law Judge decisions and assisting in fraud investigations; 3 years as an SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, & Recovery (SOAR) certified advocate representing clients before the SSA; 2 years as the supervising trainer; and over 2 years as a supervisor and Interim Operations Manager for DBS.  In 2017, DBS merged its program into Easterseals Colorado, where Byron currently works as the DBS Program Manager and Colorado SOAR State Lead.  In this capacity, he trains and oversees SOAR advocates throughout Colorado, serves as a consulting expert to the national SOAR program, and collaborates with the SSA and DDS to ensure a quality and efficient disability adjudication process.  His diverse background will help you understand how the SSA reviews an application, how to advocate for others, and how to avoid the common mistakes made by many advocates and claimants.


Please contact Byron Kish at bkish@eastersealscolorado.org or (303) 515-1653.

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