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The Accredited Disability Representative

The National Association of Disability Representatives is offering the professional designation entitled an Accredited Disability Representative.

The overriding philosophy for all Accredited Disability Representatives (hereinafter referred to as ADR) shall be that any action taken will be in the client's best interests and result in no harm coming to the client. The Representative shall hold the client in the highest regard, with the client's welfare the sole object of the Representative's efforts.

Those persons seeking and maintaining this designation must meet the following criteria:

ADRs must be a member in good standing with NADR

ADRs must have 4 years of involvement in Social Security Disability claims, in keeping with SSA's requirement as posted in the Federal Register, with verifications submitted to NADR Administrator at the time of application. Verifications can be in the form of:
  1. redacted and dated notice from SSA addressed to or cc'd to applicant as rep of record
  2. written statement from SSA or ODAR attesting to the fact of applicants 4 years of experience
  3. written statement from colleague or supervisor attesting to applicants 4 years of experience
  4. other possibilities could be added by board at their discretion
  5. current ADRs will be grandfathered in regardless of number of years of SSA representation or involvement with disability claims
  6. solo practitioners may be afforded other avenues to provide documentation at the discretion of the NADR Administrator or the board
Members requesting or maintaining ADR status must have 12 CEUs yearly including 1 of ethics, or the number of CEUs required by SSA, whichever is greater
  1. CEUs will be from NADR's most recent conference either by attendance or by purchase of the CEUs after the conference. The ADR will be responsible annually for notifying the NADR administrator of the number of CEUs s/he has obtained, by submitting attendance verification or proof of purchase via the most efficient method.
Members must keep up their ADR requirements timely or lose ADR status. This includes:
  1. Fees (at current rate or higher in the future as need determines)
  2. Annual CEU requirement
  3. eligibility for direct withholding by passing SSA's exam
  4. current insurance verifications
Obviously all ADRs must maintain the Code of Ethics. Anyone suspended from direct withholding by SSA should report to NADR Administrator— re-instatement to be considered with notices from SSA
  1. The board shall maintain the right to deny re-instatement for ethics violations and/or failure to maintain Rules for Representatives as set out in the CFR
In addition, ADRs are encouraged to participate in a yearly conference presentation, community outreach programs, and/or speech or publication of a newsletter article to demonstrate acquired experience.

If an Attorney, see Attorney Accreditation Requirements.

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