1. Receiving regular Social Security Disability Benefits makes all the difference for Robert Hauser, born with cerebral palsy. Cared for by his own family throughout his life, Robert enjoys the comforts of home and and the highest quality of care from his loved ones. Available for viewing in 1080p HD.

    Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn.
    Work commissioned by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

    NASI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.

    Visit nasi.org for more information.

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  2. Severely injured in an automobile accident more than a year ago, 26 year-old Ivan Torres has been slowly nursed back from the brink by his mother Maria and sisters Ana, Paola and Zully. Social Security Disability Benefits play a major part in the lives of the whole family, as they negotiate to move Ivan out of a nursing home and into an apartment to continue his care. Available for viewing in 1080p HD.

    Photographed and recorded by Jay Dunn.
    Work commissioned by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

    NASI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security. Visit nasi.org/ for more information.

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  3. United States, Illinois, Springfield, May 5, 2012. "Connections in the Capital City: Bringing Families of the Fallen Together," was an all-day event at Lincoln Land Community College featuring resources, creative arts, group workshops and friendship building events for Illinois families who have lost loved ones at war. Funded by a unique coalition of health service providers and military and private-sector partnerships, Illinois Connections for Families of the Fallen (ICFF) is a Health & Disability Advocates program that offers assistance to Illinois Veterans, military service members, National Guard and reservists, survivors and their families.

    Photography and sound: jaydunn.com
    Video also available at youtu.be/UJ1gaWHA9Q0

    For information about peer groups or to share your passion and expertise while supporting military families in your community, call 312- 265-9109 or send us an e-mail to icff@hdadvocates.org

    Join our community at facebook.com/ILCFF
    Health & Disability Advocates: hdadvocates.org

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  4. A Chicago soul food landmark for over 40 years, Edna's Restaurant in West Garfield Park had both a loyal customer base and a staff to match, weathering a temporary closure in 2010 after the death of its founder. Now called Ruby's Restaurant, new owner Henry Henderson and long-time manager Lillie Joiner debate their choices in trying to find health-care coverage for their employees. The Affordable Care Act already provides many such establishments with tax credits for health care coverage, and by 2014, a new marketplace will ensure Illinois small businesses have quality, affordable coverage options.

    More at .illinoishealthmatters.org
    Photography & sound jaydunn.com
    See a full-screen slideshow of the images in this essay http://bit.ly/1urew5W

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  5. A long-time advocate for affordable health care for low income families, Senator Donne Trotter has been instrumental in including programs such as FamilyCare in a shrinking Illinois budget. The popular touch of state policymakers like Senator Trotter, who has served Chicago's 17th District for more that 20 years, is essential to communicating to the public the impending benefits of President Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act. In association with Representatives Constance Howard and Marlow Colvin, Senator Trotter reaches out through health fairs and block meetings to educate his constituents about upcoming developments in the law that will help keep families healthy.

    More at illinoishealthmatters.org
    Photography & sound jaydunn.com
    See a full-screen slideshow of the images in this essay http://bit.ly/1s0se8m

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