Not only do you need to be disabled to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, but you must also have an established history of work.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) helps people with low incomes who are disabled, blind or older than 65. The program helps those with limited resources to make ends meet. Unfortunately, one element of the program that has not kept pace with the times or inflation is the asset limits. If you have more than $2,000 in assets, your SSI benefit payment can be cut off.
Today is the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day. You may think autism is a relatively rare disorder, but one child in 88 is has with autism and for boys, it is one in 54. For a parent of a child diagnosed with autism, it brings many challenges. The disorder is not a single condition, but a spectrum of behavioral disorders. A child may be limited in what they can eat or wear. They are often prone to disruptive behavior in social setting and can leave their parents exhausted emotionally and economically.
As New Jersey and New York continue to struggle to recover from the destruction brought on by Sandy, one issue is easy to over look. The number of disabled affected by the storm and the difficulties they face both during and after this kind of natural disaster.
Beyond the traditional old age and survivor benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) also provides benefits for younger people who need help. If you suffer from HIV/AIDS and are unable to work, or have other issues that have left you with few financial resources, you may qualify for benefits under these programs.