The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the two largest Federal programs providing assistance to people with disabilities.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD)
SSD pays benefits to you and certain members of your family, provided you are “insured”. In this case, being “insured” means that you have worked long enough and in occupations where you paid Social Security taxes.
Supplemental Security Income
SSI pays benefits based on financial need.
The Social Security Online website has a wealth of information regarding these programs. For more information, please visit: www.ssa.gov/disability/