Understanding Social Security Disability and Work Incentives Michelle is an 18-year-old high school graduate who lives with her parents and younger brother. She has cerebral palsy and uses AAC. Throughout high school her transition goals consistently focused on working in an office. She has succeeded in reaching this goal, with the help of her high school ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 1998
Understanding Social Security Disability and Work Incentives
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  • Tina M. Anctil
    Assistive Technology Program, Oregon Health Sciences University, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Portland
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   February 01, 1998
Understanding Social Security Disability and Work Incentives
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1998, Vol. 7, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aac7.1.5
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1998, Vol. 7, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aac7.1.5
Michelle is an 18-year-old high school graduate who lives with her parents and younger brother. She has cerebral palsy and uses AAC. Throughout high school her transition goals consistently focused on working in an office. She has succeeded in reaching this goal, with the help of her high school and vocational rehabilitation, and is beginning her first “real job” in an office support position. She is earning a respectable salary of $1,200 per month. However, Michelle is not eligible for employer paid health insurance benefits for one year.
Unfortunately, what Michelle, her parents, and school team don’t understand is that her earned wages will affect the Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits she currently receives. Michelle receives monthly SSI and SSDI checks and Medicaid insurance. She and her family rely heavily on both to survive month to month. She would eventually like to be removed from the SSI rolls, but realizes she needs to be sure she can support herself adequately with her earnings before abandoning her SSI benefits.
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