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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)



  • For Families of Disabled Kids, a Little Help Goes a Long Way (Youth Today – 9/11/12)
    Typically, one parent drops out of the workforce in order to take care of the child and shuttle him to medical appointments, household income falls, food becomes more scarce, exhaustion kicks in, divorce rates rise and birth rates fall. In such instances, supplemental income provided by the government plays an important role in replacing some of the family’s lost earnings, ensuring that children with disabilities get enough to eat, the therapy they need, and the chance to grow into productive members of society.
  • Maintaining and Strengthening Supplemental Security Income for Children with Disabilities (Center for American Progress – 9/10/12)
    Supplemental Security is a central pillar of our current system of family-centered care for children with severe disabilities. Other core pillars include Medicaid and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In this system, the primary responsibility for the well-being of a disabled child rests with the child’s parents and family. Together, these supports play a fundamental role in making it possible for children with disabilities to live at home with their families and in their communities.  As detailed in this brief, Supplemental Security is an effective support for children with severe disabilities and their families.
  • Marty Ford Testifies on How to Improve Supplemental Security Income (7/25/12)
    The House Committee on Ways and Means, Human Resources Subcommittee, held a hearing on how technology can improve the administration of SSI. Marty Ford, Chief Public Policy Officer for The Arc, advocated for using technology to simplify the SSI program and make it easier for people to apply and understand their benefits.
  • Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)
    PASS is an SSI provision to help individuals with disabilities return to work.
          Also see Disaboom page regarding PASS.
          And more info from Work World.
          From Cornell University: Online Resource for PASS Application
  • SSI Basics (Special Needs Answers – 12/3/09)
    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that helps people with disabilities and very low incomes pay for food, clothing and shelter. SSI is often confused with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). One of the main differences between the two programs is that SSDI is available to people with disabilities no matter how much money they earn or have, while SSI places very strict limits on a recipient's income and assets.