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Federal Disability Benefits Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Produced by Disability Law Center
Reviewed March 2022

The Social Security Administration has 2 programs for people who are disabled. The programs have different eligibility rules.

 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

SSI is a program is for people who are disabled and have very low income and assets. You do not have to have worked to get SSI.

A single person has to have less than $2,000 and a couple has to have less than $3,000.

Use the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool on the Social Security Administration website to find out if you are eligible.

See Who is eligible for SSI on the Social Security Administration website.

 

Social Security Disability (SSDI)

SSDI is a program is for people who are disabled and who have worked and paid into the Social Security system. For the SSDI program, it does not matter how much money you have.

Some people get some money from both programs. See if I qualify for SSDI on the Social Security Administration website.

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