No one is going to get rich receiving Social Security disability benefits. But such benefits can be a lifeline for those who receive them. In Southeast Michigan and across the nation, they are vital to helping people make ends meet after disabling conditions keep them from working.
We often work with people from around the Detroit area who have a child with a disability, so we understand the challenges these parents face.
Airports that make it excessively difficult for travelers with disabilities are bad enough. We discussed that problem in last week's post. This week, we'll look at a problem that in many ways is even worse: doctors' officers that aren't equipped for patients with disabilities.
Suffering from disabilities is difficult in many different ways. The financial challenges are undeniable, especially when a disabling condition prevents you from working.
Income tax filing season is now fully underway. In keeping with the annual ritual, taxpayers are looking for ways to take full advantage of favorable tax provisions and minimize tax payments wherever possible.
There is more than one way that a child can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. To understand this, it's important to keep in mind that the term Social Security disability actually refers to two different programs.
The odds tend to be stacked against people with Down syndrome. After all, they are facing a genetic disorder that often causes learning disabilities in children and results in mental retardation in varying degrees. There are also a variety of other potential complications, including greatly reduced life expectancy.
Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are similar in some ways but differ in others. They are similar in that both benefits for people whose ability to work is affected by disabling conditions or blindness.
It's a natural human desire to want to work. Sometimes, however, disabling conditions prevent that from happening. If you've already been working for awhile before the disability occurs, and paying into the Social Security system, then you may be eligible for Social Security disability insurance benefits.
Many individuals cannot work due to permanent disabilities. Regardless of the cause of the disability, the Social Security Administration provides financial support to individuals whose disability keeps them from working.