Social Security

Two important programs are funded by Social Security (it is important that you apply even if you think you may not be eligible!):

SSI - Supplemental Security Income

This is a program designed to support transition-age students as they prepare for entry into the workforce. It is a gateway to a variety of resources for transition students with disabilities. SSI will make monthly payments to your child under age 18 if he or she meets Social Security's definition of disability for children, and his or her income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. (Individuals who receive SSI benefits as children must undergo a re-determination at age 18 even if he or she is still in school.)

SSDI - Supplemental Security Disability Insurance

This is paid to those who have worked long enough recently under Social Security to have paid into this program and are medically disabled.

Call to make an appointment with the local Social Security Administration Office. From the Official Social Security Website homepage, scroll down to "Items of Interest" and click on "Contact Us". This will provide you various options for contacting Social Security, including a link, "Find an Office" for the Social Security Office Locator page where you will enter your zip code to begin.

For a booklet to help you learn more, download Benefits for Children With Disabilities.

National Toll Free Numbers are: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY # is 1-800-325-0778)
Visit http://best.ssa.gov/ to use the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool for SSI and SSDI, as well as other benefits programs.