Government Benefits


Government benefits are some of the most important resources available for parents of children of disabilities. In general, government benefits programs can be grouped into two broad categories:

Social Insurance Programs

Social Insurance programs are entitlement programs meaning that they are available to people with disabilities regardless of income or property. Examples of social insurance programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare.

Needs-based Programs

The second category of government benefits are needs-based programs. These programs are available to persons with disabilities who may qualify because of low income and limited savings. Examples are Supplemental Security Income (SSI)Food StampsMedicaid and rental subsidies.

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Visit the My Child Without Limits support community and talk to parents, caregivers, and professionals about how government benefits can help your child.


Social Security

Overview of Both Programs

Benefits for Children with Disabilities E-booklet

Social Security Disability Insurance

Supplemental Security Income


Official Medicare Site

Eligibility Requirements