The AARP Public Policy Institute issued two reports today (thank you to Docuticker for alerting us) on poverty and disability in the US.
The first is a 6-page fact sheet. Using data from the US Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (March 2008), the authors analyzed income levels, employment status, benefit program participation, and other statistics to give insight into the worklife of more than 19 million Americans with work-limiting disabilities. This fact sheet, 19 Million Americans Have a Disability that Limits or Prevents Work, is available at http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/econ/fs153_ssdi.pdf
The second is a primer on Social Security Disability Insurance. This guide explains the difference between the Social Security benefits you or your survivors receive after retirement and those you might receive if you have a disability. It takes the reader through the application and appeals processes, monthly benefits, health insurance, and return to work. It also highlights statistics including who participates and how the program is funded. This 24-page report, Social Security Disability Insurance: A Primer is available at http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/econ/i28_ssdi.pdf