Disability

Social Security Benefits for Children with Disabilities

September 24, 2020 • By

SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program helps children with qualifying disabilities and their families. For this program, a child must meet all of the following requirements to be considered disabled and medically eligible:   The child must have a medical condition, or a combination of conditions, that result in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This […]

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ABLE Accounts: Building Upon the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 27, 2020 • By

Approximately one in five Americans has a disability. These Americans have the same hopes and dreams to participate in society as everyone else. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. President Bush then said, “As the Declaration of Independence has been a beacon for people all […]

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Celebrating and Creating Independence with Social Security

July 2, 2020 • By

On July 4, we celebrate our nation’s independence.  For nearly 85 years, our programs have helped provide financial independence.  We continue to make it easier for you to access our programs and benefits.  Today, applying online is a convenient way to apply for benefits.

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Things to Think About Before Applying for Disability Benefits  

June 11, 2020 • By

Social Security is with you throughout life’s journey. We provide vital financial support to tens of millions of American workers, primarily through retirement benefits. But we’re also there for you if the unexpected happens and a serious medical condition stops you from working to support yourself and your family.

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Making Wise Choices When a Representative Payee Manages Your Money

January 23, 2020 • By

Some of the millions of people who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits need help managing this money. A person assigned to help you manage your monthly benefits is called a representative payee. We may decide you need a representative payee if we receive information that indicates you need help to manage […]

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Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

December 19, 2019 • By

The National Association of State Treasurers created this guest blog to promote the use of ABLE accounts. SSA provides this post as a courtesy to help notify the public of ABLE accounts. SSA is not affiliated with and does not endorse the National Association of State Treasurers or its services.

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Spreading the News About ABLE Accounts in the Disability Community

July 11, 2019 • By

On December 19th, 2019, the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) will be five years old. Why are we excited? Because this five-year-old has influenced 41,000 people to open ABLE accounts that can earn tax-free income.

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You Can Help Social Security Make a Difference

December 20, 2018 • By

This holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our less fortunate and most vulnerable citizens. Life is unpredictable, and everyone is susceptible to experiencing homelessness. It can happen to people in our community — like colleagues and military veterans. It can affect close friends and even family members. It can also happen to […]

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Social Security Observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 31, 2018 • By

In October, we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in the United States. For more than 70 years, NDEAM has promoted disability inclusion in the workforce and celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities. This year’s theme “America’s Workforce: Empowering All” is near and dear to us at Social Security.

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Compassionate Allowances: Five Conditions Added to Fast Track

August 23, 2018 • By

Quickly and accurately processing disability claims is important to us. It is through this commitment to you that we use the Compassionate Allowances program to help us identify and fast-track cases where people have diseases that are most likely to be approved for disability benefits.

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