The Social Security
and Supplemental Security Income
disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical
criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.
Social Security Disability Insurance
pays benefits to you and certain members of your family
if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes
Supplemental Security Income
pays benefits based on financial need.