Any of our readers who are familiar with previous posts here probably know that in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits a person usually needs to have a history of employment. That is not the case for Supplemental Security Income. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, as it is more commonly referred to, can be awarded to a person who does not have a significant employment history. That is why children can qualify for SSI benefits, but only disabled or blind children. So, how does the SSI program work for children?
There are people of all ages who receive Supplemental Security Income. One of the requirements to receive SSI benefits is to meet an income threshold - if a person earns more than the income threshold, they won't receive SSI benefits. This is different from Social Security Disability, which can be awarded to a person regardless of their collective wealth, as long as the person has a disability that will keep them from working for a year or longer.
Many of our Los Angeles readers already know that Supplemental Security Income is oftentimes available to disabled children, certain individuals over the age of 65 and some people who suffer from blindness. Slowly but surely, the general public is becoming more educated about the Social Security programs that provide benefits to millions of Americans every year. However, there is one thing that many people may not know: How are SSI benefits calculated?
Some of our Los Angeles readers may be unfamiliar with the term "intellectual disability." This is understandable, because in today's society there are so many medical conditions that get the public's attention that it is hard to keep them all straight. Intellectual disability refers to a condition that was, in years past, referred to as "mental retardation."
As the "Information Age" continues to impress us all with the ability for an individual to learn practically anything at the touch of a button, more and more Los Angeles readers are probably learning about medical conditions and genetic disorders. However, there are some medical conditions that many people still may not know much about. One in particular is probably muscular dystrophy.
Most of our Los Angeles area readers have heard of Down syndrome before. But, like most people throughout the country, our readers may not know exactly what this disability entails, or how families caring for a family member who has Down syndrome could qualify for Supplemental Security Income.
The Social Security Administration oversees the qualification and distribution of benefits for millions of Americans. The largest part of this job is overseeing the retirement benefits aspect of Social Security. However, there are two other programs that many of our Los Angeles readers may be familiar with: Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income. But do most people know the difference between these two programs?
Most people would probably consider blindness to be a disability. Obviously it would be quite difficult to do the vast majority of jobs if a person can't see. However, what many people don't know is that when someone is suffering from blindness they might actually qualify for Supplemental Security Income.
Los Angeles residents who are raising children know what a unique joy - and challenge - the job of being a parent can be every day. Sometimes there is simply no way to predict how your day will go when you are dealing with children. However, for as much joy as some families take out of being around their children and going about the typical daily events, there are other families who face what can seem like a much bigger challenge: raising disabled children, particular a child with cerebral palsy.
Every year when the calendar turns over to January millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives or the lives of others. Some people resolve to stop smoking or to exercise more, while others resolve to stick to a budget and get their finances in order. The Social Security Administration, it seems, has made a resolution as well - to get out the word on how Supplemental Security Income can help families throughout the country.