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We were delighted to welcome a representative from the Social Security Administration for Snack and Chat last month.  He explained and discussed the basics of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI); two programs designed for individuals who are unable to work and have not yet reached retirement age. 

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applies for those who have had work experience.  For someone deemed disabled and unable to work, a monthly benefit amount is determined based on what the person has already contributed to social security through work earnings.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a benefit that could be available for individuals who do not have work experience and are deemed unable to work because of a disability.

Although these are two different types of benefits, the same social security application is used for both. When an application is submitted, the Social Security Administration reviews the information and decides for which benefit an individual is eligible.

We encourage you to find out more by going to: for more information.  

We also encourage you to join our monthly Snack and Chat training sessions on the third Tuesday of the month at 3:00 where we talk about many topics of importance to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

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Check out the Trainings and Events page on our website.  Don’t see what you need?  Share with us what informational topics would be helpful for you learn more about.

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