The Southwest ADA Center is an ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. It is funded by a grant (#H133A110027) from the Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR is not a compliance agency.
The Southwest ADA Center would like to thank Nancy Horton, LaWanda Cook, Alan Goldstein, Sharan Brown, Irene Bowen, Marilyn Golden, Kathy Gipps, Sharon Brent, Lillian Sutton-Mbionwu, Betty Siegel, Peter Berg, Kleo King, Pam Williamson, and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center at the University of Washington for their assistance in producing this manual.
It is my hope that this handbook, which provides an overview of disability law, will find its way into the hands of people who have disabilities and entities that have obligations under various disability laws. This handbook is intended to provide basic information about disability law, as well as resources for finding more information.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Social Security program that provides monthly cash assistance to eligible individuals. Unlike other Social Security programs, SSI is based on financial need and either your age or your disability. SSI does not depend on your work history. If you qualify for SSI, you may also be eligible for other benefits.
SSA works with the Disability Determination Services (DDS) offices in Michigan to review disability claims. The DDS staff includes doctors and disability specialists. When you file a disability claim, DDS employees contact the medical professionals who are treating you. They ask about your health problem and your ability to work. SSA and DDS use the information they get to decide if you are disabled.
SSD is for anyone who is no longer able to work because of a disability, but who has the required amount of past earnings. In certain cases, a spouse, dependents, parents and even a former spouse may receive SSD.
This program is an insurance program: while a person works, he or she pays money into Social Security and qualifies to receive this money if he or she becomes disabled and can no longer work.
The disability requirements are the same for SSD and SSI. The main difference between the programs is that you must be “insured” to get SSD, and you must be low income and have limited resources for SSI.
To get benefits from theSSDor SSI disability programs, you need to show that you are disabled. “Disabled” means that your physical or mental condition prohibits you from engaging in gainful employment. Your disability must have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months or result in your death.
You must show that you are unable to do any kind of your job. Also considering your age, education, and experience you can no longer do full duty work. You cannot receive benefits if you are able to work, even if you cannot get a job.
Ssi in Spanish
blog from a parent who was able to get the maximum SSI for his child: http://leahandbrandonblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/ssi-and-power-of-attorney.html Here is a worksheet to help you figure out what it takes for your child to pay “his or her fair share” of household expenses.
What services are available? Behavioral Support Community Support Daytime Habilitation Eligibility Determination Employment Assistance Nursing Service Coordination Specialized Therapies Supported Employment Vocational TrainingCall your local authority for an intake meeting to see if