ERIC Number: ED380944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Benefits for Individuals Making Transition from School to Adult Life. Supplemental Security Income Program.
Policy Update, Spr 1994
This policy update provides an overview of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program as it applies to youth with disabilities at the time of their transition from high school. The paper defines "disabled individual" and "substantial gainful work," outlines how income and resources are identified for determining eligibility, notes other eligibility requirements, and reports how the amount of an individual's SSI payment is determined. Work incentives added to the SSI program are discussed, including special cash benefits, medical benefits, deduction of impairment-related work expenses, income exclusion under PASS (Plans for Achieving Self-Support), and income exclusion specific to students of transition age. The paper urges educators to connect students and parents with their local Social Security Office to obtain the benefits of the SSI program and to remind students and parents that it is their responsibility to monitor earned and unearned income in relation to SSI benefits. Four Social Security Administration publications are listed as sources for further information. (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Eligibility, Federal Programs, Financial Needs, Financial Support, High Schools, Incentives, Income, Public Policy, Transitional Programs, Youth
National Transition Network, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (available in alternative formats).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Transition Network, Minneapolis, MN.