Can My Teenager Work While Receiving SSI or SSDI?

By Disability Group

The answer is YES! Social Security offers employment support programs for young people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in order to help them obtain work experience or go to college. The reality is that Social Security wants to give a teenager the opportunity to grow as an individual. Depending on the benefit there are different opportunities.

Those receiving SSI:

Social Security does not use the SSI payment as a form of income. An individual under the age of 22 who attends school regularly will have much of their earnings excluded. In the PASS program (Plain to Achieve Self-Support), an individual over the age of 15 can save some income to pay for their education and other working expenses. Social Security does not count the income saved when they figure out the individual’s payment. Due to medical conditions, the individual may need certain services available to them in order for them to work. As a result Social Security will not count the amount paid for those items and the services to the child. Individuals over the age of 15 can also get help with rehabilitation and training in order to prepare them for the working world.

Those receiving SSDI:

An adult that is found disabled before the age of 22 can also obtain help with work expenses like SSI recipients. They can enroll in the PASS program in order to save money and resources to prepare them to go to college or get a job. They can also go to rehabilitation and training programs in order to give them specific job skills. Their cash benefits may continue until the individual can work on a regular basis. Medicare will also continue for up to seven years and nine months if the individual is working.

To get more information, visit the following websites:

www.socialsecurity.gov, http://www.ssa.gov/work.

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