Social Security


Social Security includes two Federal programs that provide benefits based on disability and are the largest of several programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities: the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.  Eleven million people with disabilities and their families, about one third of recipients, rely on social security for their survival.  Workers who pay Social Security taxes qualify for disability and retirement benefits, and, if they die, their spouses and children receive survivors' benefits. People with disabilities may receive Social Security's retirement, survivors, and disability insurance benefits based on their work history, age, or eligibility category.  AUCD works to ensure that the Social Security Act and its programs remain solvent and strong.





Social Security Disability Insurance

A Lifeline for American Workers and Families

This report lays out the basic facts about SSDI and its importance for working families.

pdf File ssdi national report 7-17-2015.pdf [download]


Social Security Disability Insurance

A Lifeline for American Workers and Families
pdf File ssdi national report 7-17-2015.pdf [download]


CCD Social Security Task Force Statement for the Record

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Statement for the Record for the House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Hearing on "Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund's Solvency"



President's Budget FY16: Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities

President Obama has just released his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to the Congress. The budget includes many funding requests to expand opportunities for people with disabilities, including throughout the AUCD Network.



Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB) Announces Final Report of the 2014 Disability Policy Panel

The Social Security Advisory Board has published the 2014 Disability Policy Panel's report on continuing disability reviews (CDR)- the process used by SSA to evaluate the continuing eligibility of disability beneficiaries.



Coalition Letter Asks President to Protect SSDI in FY 2016 Budget

This letter asks that President Obama include in his proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 a temporary reallocation of the payroll tax to shore up the trust fund for Social Security Disability Insurance.

pdf File SSSC WH Reallocation Letter with Organizations FINAL (1).pdf [download]


AUCD supports Senator Harkin in Protecting Unemployment and Disability Insurance

Negotiations over the extension of unemployment have considered using Social Security Disability Insurance as a "pay-for", limiting the ability of people who who receive SSDI to also receive unemployment insurance payments. AUCD strongly opposes any amendment that restricts SSDI payments to qualified beneficiaries also receiving unemployment insurance.

pdf File AUCD UI Letter Harkin.pdf [download]


7 Reasons You Are Absolutely Required to Educate Policymakers

Need some inspiration? Read our 7 reasons why you must educate policymakers.



AUCD Response to 60 Minutes Story on SSDI

The real hidden story of SSDI is myopic Congressional budgeting

Recently, media have been reporting on the Social Security Disability Insurance program, including growth in the program. AUCD encourages media to instead investigate the inadequate Congressional appropriations for program integrity and reforms proposed by the disability community to help people with disabilities return to work.



Join in ABLE Act Advocacy!

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow qualified individuals with disabilities and their families to use tax-preferred savings accounts to develop assets and gain employment and education while maintaining access to Medicaid and Social Security benefits.



AUCD Signs onto CCD Social Security Task Force Testimony

House Ways & Means Committee Hearing on SSDI

On Friday, September 14, 2012, Chairman Johnson and the House Ways & Means Committee held its fifth and final hearing on securing the future of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program. Marty Ford, of the CCD Social Security Task Force, presented testimony on behalf of over 15 national disability rights organizations, explaining the importance of the SSDI program for people with significant disabilities and the ways in which it could be strengthened.

pdf File Ways & Means SSDI Hearing - Marty Ford.pdf [download]


CCD Submits Statement for the Record on the Future of the SSDI Program

AUCD signed onto the Statement for the Record written by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force. The statement is in response to the January 24th House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing focusing on waste, fraud and abuse in the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI).

doc File CCD statement WM SSDI hrg 1-24-2012.doc [download]


Social Security Check Guarantee Act of 2011 (H.R. 2581)

Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) and six cosponsors introduced H.R. 2581, the Social Security Check Guarantee Act of 2011.



The Seniors Protection Act of 2011 (H.R. 2590)

Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and 18 cosponsors introduced H.R. 2590, the Seniors Protection Act of 2011, on July 19, 2011.


Related Links


Disability and Social Security webpage

Resources and information from the CCD Social Security Task Force

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security Task Force

CCD Task Force monitors activity regarding SSDI and SSI support programs.

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

President Obama's bipartisan Commission is charged with identifying policies to improve the fiscal situation in the medium term and to achieve fiscal sustainability over the long run.


Social Security Works

The Social Security Works mission is to protect and improve the economic status of disadvantaged and at-risk populations.

Strengthen Social Security Campaign

A coalition of over 125 national and state organizations working to strengthen Social Security.

The National Academy of Social Insurance

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance.

Social Security History's collection of the institutional history of the Social Security Administration and the history of the Social Security program. Includes text of the 1935 Social Security Act.

Social Security Administration (SSA)


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