Tag Archives: social security

Benefits from SSA for People with Disabilities

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

  The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify… Read More »

Asset Building for Individuals with Disabilities

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

Public benefit programs for people with disabilities, especially Supplemental Security Income (SSI), are not aimed at increasing assets and independence for people with disabilities as a result individuals with disabilities often have very limited income and few, if any, assets. The intent of asset building initiatives is that as individuals develop assets, they will… Read More »

What is a Community Work Incentives Coordinator (CWIC) or benefits planner?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Lesly Lopez If you receive Social Security benefits and you have a job or are looking for one, there are specially trained professionals known as Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWIC) to help you make sense of complex employment and benefit-related issues. What is a CWIC? A highly skilled and rigorously trained cadre of… Read More »

What information am I supposed to report to Social Security?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Lesly Lopez   The answer depends on the type of benefits you receive. The SSI program involves a lot more reporting than the Social Security Title II disability programs like SSDI because the SSI program has strict rules about how much income and resources beneficiaries can have. Below is a chart that provides… Read More »

What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) according to the Social Security Administration?

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

By: Lesly Lopez   To be eligible for disability benefits, a person must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). A person who is earning more than a certain monthly amount (net of impairment-related work expenses) is ordinarily considered to be engaging in SGA. The amount of monthly earnings considered as SGA… Read More »

2014 Disability Policy Seminar

By Disability Independence Group, Inc. |

On April 7-9, 2014, I had the privilege to attend the 2014 Disability Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. and participate in advocacy efforts to make an impact on disability policy. The Disability Policy Seminar is an event that brings together advocates for individuals with disabilities with public policy experts and focuses on major federal… Read More »