Risks, Fears, and Misconceptions: How Supplemental Security Insurance Traps People in Poverty

Student: Katherine Chiles

Mentor: Naomi Petersen

Abstract

Although there are many tools and resources available to people on Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), a program of the Social Security Administration, to achieve financial independence, a confusing, restrictive system promotes misconceptions that keep people with disabilities from being able to work. Both as people interested in Accessibility Studies and as caring citizens, we should invest in understanding the social security system and what it means for people with disabilities who want to return to work. Information for this poster was drawn from online sources including news sources, blogs, and the website of the Social Security Administration. This poster synthesizes only a small part of the information available regarding systemic disincentives that prevent or discourage people with disabilities on SSI from achieving financial independence. It briefly summarizes issues that face SSI beneficiaries wishing to return to work part or full time, including barriers to information access, savings caps, and enforced smaller hourly wages. The poster titled “Risks, Fears, and Misconceptions: How Supplemental Security Insurance Traps People in Poverty” is meant as a public outreach. It encourages readers to think about the unnecessary challenges that face people with disabilities who receive SSI. In this way, readers will become more educated citizens and be able to identify and eliminate stereotypes that they may hold without realizing it.

Presentation

4 thoughts on “Risks, Fears, and Misconceptions: How Supplemental Security Insurance Traps People in Poverty”

  1. Great poster and presentation. I appreciate your hard work to advocate for people with disabilities. My son has epilepsy and struggles finding work. His disability makes it difficult but he wants to work, and continues to search on a weekly basis for a position that works with his class schedule and disability. What a great resource to present and have out there to educate those that still think those with a disability are just “lazy.”

    1. Katherine Chiles

      Hi Angela,
      Thank you for your comment. If you have any ideas for sharing this information beyond SOURCE, I would love to hear them. I wish your son the best of luck as he searches for a position that is a good fit!
      Katie

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