Below you'll find information on Social Security, employment help and caregiving resources.
For more on SSDI, see “SSDI: For Some it’s a Surprise Bonus”.
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
This program helps SSDI beneficiaries obtain employment information.
Social Security Administration
The first link goes to a description of how Social Security disability programs work. The second link is to a description of the SSDI application process.
SSA Service Provider Directory
SSA’s online directory, by state, of benefits and assistance agencies that offer free advice.
SSA Ticket to Work Program Manager for Recruitment & Outreach
Ticket to Work resources for employers and SSDI recipients.
Ticket to Work
SSA’s no-cost counseling agency on work and benefits for people with disabilities.
Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Projects
WIPA projects are staffed by experts in disability and work who can tell people with disabilities how work and earnings will affect benefits, and explain how the SSA Work Incentives, including the Ticket to Work program, may apply.
The following organizations help SSDI applicants obtain benefits; they charge a fee if benefits are obtained.
National Association of Disability Representatives
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
Check out “In Sickness, in Health and in Love” for some valuable tips on keeping the romance alive when your caregiver also is your partner.
National Family Caregiver Association
Share the Care Network
(212) 991-9688 or 9689
Also see the book Share the Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is Seriously Ill, January 2004, Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Caregiver Resource Network
Caregivers’ Resources (provided by the U.S. government)
(800) FED INFO (333-4636)