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Definitions of Social Security Terms
SSA - Social Security Administration
SSI - Supplemental Security Income SSDI - Social Security Disability Insurance
CE - Consultative Examination
Claimant - The person applying for services.
DDS - State agencies responsible for developing medical evidence and rendering the initial determination on whether the claimant is or is not disabled or blind under the law. They are fully funded by the Federal Government.
Elderly - 65 or older
Low Income - 65$ per month from +$20
Income requirement for SSDI - Less than $14,160 per year / For every $2 over the limit, $1 is withheld from benefits.
Medically Determinable Impairment - an impairment that results from anatomical, physiological, or psychological abnormalities which can be shown by medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques.
ODAR - Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
Resources - include real estate, bank accounts, cash, stocks and bonds.
title II (the Act) - the Social Security disability insurance program (title II of the Social Security Act (the Act))
title XVI - the supplemental security income (SSI) program (title XVI of the Act).
Treating Sources- a claimant's own physician, psychologist, or other acceptable medical source who has provided the claimant with medical treatment or evaluation and has or has had an ongoing treatment relationship with the claimant
You may be able to get SSI if your resources are worth no more than $2,000. A couple may be able to get SSI if they have resources worth no more than $3,000.
Social Security does not count everything you own in deciding whether you have too many resources to qualify for SSI. For example, we do not count:
•The home you live in and the land it is on;
•Life insurance policies with a face value of $1,500 or less;
•Your car (usually);
•Burial plots for you and members of your immediate family; and
•Up to $1,500 in burial funds for you and up to $1,500 in burial funds for your spouse.
If you own property that you are trying to sell, you may be able to get SSI while trying to sell it.
Social Security's Definition of Disability for Children
Your child must meet all of the following requirements to be considered disabled and therefore eligible for SSI:
•The child must not be working and earning more than $1,000 a month in 2011. (This earnings amount usually changes every year.) If he or she is working and earning that much money, we will find that your child is not disabled.
•The child must have a physical or mental condition, or a combination of conditions, that results in "marked and severe functional limitations." This means that the condition(s) must very seriously limit your child's activities.
•The child's condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 12 months; or must be expected to result in death.
If your child's condition(s) results in "marked and severe functional limitations" for at least 12 continuous months, we will find that your child is disabled. But if it does not result in those limitations, or does not last for at least 12 months, we will find that your child is not disabled.
New Graduate School for Global Inclusion and Social Development of Persons with Disabilities - UMass