This summer I wrote about Faces and Facts of Disability, a section of the Social Security website to help increase public awareness of the SSA disability program (SSDI) by providing program facts and personal stories about people receiving disability benefits. The intent of Faces and Facts of Disability is to help dispel misconceptions about the Social Security disability program and show its critical importance through personal stories of people receiving benefits.
A new video was recently added to Faces and Facts of Disability. It explains how the disability program is an insurance program that protects individuals who have paid Social Security taxes while working and explains the role of this vital social safety net in the lives of millions of severely disabled Americans. In the words of one featured beneficiary, “If I did not have Social Security, I would lose my home; I would not be able to drive; I would not be able to afford groceries.”
Contrary to the misconception that disability beneficiaries are ”cashing in,” the average disability payment is barely enough to keep a person above the current poverty level, providing only one’s basic needs. In the month of September 2014, the average national amount to a disabled worker receiving Social Security disability was $1,145.34. My October 24 post has average amounts for other benefits for September.
Many other facts about the Social Security disability program are in this short video including eye-opening details about people of all ages who receive disability benefits, and the critical difference these modest payments make in their lives.
Also highlighted in the video is Social Security’s zero-tolerance policy toward fraud and the agency commitment to ensuring disability benefits are paid to the right person, in the right amount, at the right time.
The video is approximately 4 ½ minutes in length. To view it, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts and click on Faces and Facts of Disability Video.
More about Social Security disability is here.