GOOD TO KNOW: Free audio publications for your convenience by Pat Hafermann

by Ken Hess

Perhaps you’ve been planning to read that booklet on Social Security benefits for some time now, but you never seem to find the time to sit down with it. If only you could listen to an audio version, just as you might listen to the latest novel by your favorite author on an audio book.

Now you can. Social Security offers more than a hundred publications in audio format, in both English and Spanish. You can find them at http://socialsecurity. gov/pubs/alt-pubs.html.

At Social Security, we want to make sure you can get the information you need. That is why we offer our publications in print, online in both Internet and PDF versions, and some in audio format. You also can get publications in Braille, in enlarged print and even cassette or CD.

Social Security is committed to using technology to improve your customer service experience. Learning about any aspect of Social Security’s programs is easier than ever, in the format that works best for you. As Social Security celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, service choices continue to expand. These days, you can even get a personalized estimate of your future benefits and apply for those benefits online.

From the comfort of your home, you can access information about Social Security. Take it a step further and use the audio publications in combination with the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section to get answers to over 700 questions.

If you were planning to plug in the ear buds and listen to a little music tonight, why not play the Social Security publications you’ve been putting off? It has never been easier to learn about Social Security. Just visit www.socialsecurity.gov and select the “Forms and Publications” link on the left side of the page. Welcome to our online library. Whatever your preferred format, we are here for you.

Learn more about Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov.

If you have any additional questions, you may call Pat Hafermann, elderly benefits specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center, at (920) 467-4076.

Resource: “Spotlight on Social Security” October 2010


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