People with disabilities remain the poorest demographic in the United States. Because of decades of backwards social policy, many people are required to rely on benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). When people are waiting for SSDI and SSI they are eligible for a small state funded program called Aid to the Needy Disabled. These programs are very challenging to access, with the disability determination being the most difficult, so CCDC started the Disability Benefits Support (DBS) program to help people with applications to social security. Many low income people also require programs like food stamps (now known as SNAP or supplemental nutrition assistance program). In addition, another much needed program in use for the disabled is called LEAP.
CCDC monitors the rules for these programs, tries to educate our members about how these programs work, and educate policy makers about how these programs could improve.
To learn more about these programs, visit the following links below.