U.S. Social Security Administration
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) provides a broad range of services and resources to assist youths with the transition to a successful adulthood. These include useful strategies, tools and information on Social Security programs and benefits.
SSA funding opportunities
This factsheet provides information on disability and retirement research funding opportunities.
Selected Programs and Initiatives
- Many youths with disabilities need assistance managing their transitions to adulthood. The Youth Transition Demonstration was a program to help youth, aged 14 to 25, with disabilities to successfully transition from school to economic self-sufficiency. Materials are provided on this demonstration program, including the final report.
- The Kids and Families website provides information on what every kid and parent should know about Social Security. This site provides materials for children and parents to learn about Social Security and why it is important for families.
- The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) booklet explains what SSI is, who can get it, and how to apply.
- PROMISE is a joint project with the Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services to promote positive outcomes for children who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families. The goal of PROMISE is to improve the provision and coordination of services to promote education and employment outcomes resulting in long-term reductions in the child’s reliance on SSI.
Clearinghouses and Technical Assistance
- Spotlight on SSI Benefits for Disabled or Blind Youth in Foster Care — 2015 Edition provides information on how to apply for SSI benefits depending on your transition status, and requirements for applying.