Survey of employment of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and (SSI) beneficiaries

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The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has just released the latest results from its periodic survey of employment among Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries. The survey, conducted by Mathematica Policy Research in 2010, was the fourth round of surveys required by the 1999 statute that created SSA’s “Ticket to Work” program to stimulate employment among beneficiaries.

The survey targeted working-age SSA disability beneficiaries, inquiring about their employment, disability, experience with a variety of SSA programs, employment services used in the past year, health and functional status, health insurance, income and other assistance. Beneficiaries tended to have limited educational attainment (34 percent hadn’t finished high school, and only 7 percent had a Bachelor’s or higher degree) and income (half were below the poverty line despite disability benefits). More than five of every six experienced difficulties with basic physical activities such as walking, standing, or lifting. Less than one in four described their general health as very good or better. Those who worked had poorly paid jobs with few benefits, earning on average just over $8 hourly (the minimum wage was $7.25). The proportion without basic benefits was high: no employer health insurance (82 percent); no paid sick days (74 percent); no vacation pay (70 percent); and no transportation subsidy (79 percent). Some 63 percent believed that their current job had no potential for promotion. They averaged 20 hours weekly, and had been at their current job for a median of almost 3 years. Slightly more than half worked in the health care or social assistance industries, and 40 percent worked in a sheltered or supported work setting.

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Target Populations: Disabilities, persons with

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Posted: 4/12/2013 9:40 AM
Posted By: randee chafkin
Posted In: Disability and Employment
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