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Social Security has two programs that pay benefits to people with disabilities: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which pays benefits to you or certain members of your family if you are “insured” (i.e. that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes); and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which pays benefits based on financial need. Supplemental security income is also available to children.
Disability Information
This section of the U.S. Social Security Administration website is packed with information and publications about SSDI and SSI. It includes the authoritative Social Security Handbook, information about welfare reform and childhood disability, employment and rehabilitation programs, and more. Topics covered include eligibility, applying for benefits, professional handbooks, a screening tool to help individuals determine what programs they may be eligible for, and more.
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR)
The home page of a membership association of over 3,300 attorneys and paralegals who represent Social Security and Supplemental Security Income claimants. Includes a good section of frequently asked questions, acronyms, and other public information, as well as a members only section.
Severe
The website of David A. Bryant & Associates, attorneys concentrating in Social Security Disability Benefits Law, is packed with information and resources, including statutes and regulations, forms, worker’s compensation, listings of impairments, a nifty “auto-grid,” and links. Not for neophytes.
Social Security Advisory Service (SSAS)
Geared primarily for professionals, this site is packed with social security information, news, a public bulletin board, a quarterly newsletter, links, a hypertext edition of the Social Security Administration’s “Red Book,” and more. Some information is for subscribers only. Apparently produced by a newsletter publisher, there is a lack of information about who or what SSAS is – a cause for concern.
Social Security Law: Overview and Library
This section of Cornell University Legal Information Institute website includes an overview of Social Security law and a library that contains core reference works, laws and legislation, and more.
Social Security Online
The official web site of the U.S. Social Security Administration is filled with information, publications, forms, etc. In addition to general information about social security and the section on disability benefits, the site includes sections on employment support for people
with disabilities and Medicare information.
Related Subjects
Employment (Index)
Financial Information (Index)
Health Care – Funding
Medicare and Medicaid
PASS (Plan for Achieving Self-Support)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children
Ticket to Work Program
Vocational Rehabilitation
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