Human Services Disability Topics

Economic Well Being and Income Support

The link between poverty and disability is well-known. People with disabilities experience poverty at rates that are two to three times the rate for the general population.

The Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs provide essential income support to many with significant impairments, but people with disabilities also represent a large share of those participating in many other public assistance programs. Our researchers have conducted studies of long-term poverty and material hardship among working-age people with disabilities, evaluated the effectiveness of benefits counseling and financial education interventions, assessed the factors affecting federal disability program applications and awards, and documented federal program outlays for the support of children and working-age people with disabilities.

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