Title

Risks, Fears, and Misconceptions: How Supplemental Security Insurance Traps People in Poverty

Document Type

Poster

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

Although there are many tools and resources available to people on Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), a program of the Social Security Administration, to achieve financial independence, a confusing, restrictive system promotes misconceptions that keep people with disabilities from being able to work. Both as people interested in Accessibility Studies and as caring citizens, we should invest in understanding the social security system and what it means for people with disabilities who want to return to work. Information for this poster was drawn from online sources including news sources, blogs, and the website of the Social Security Administration. This poster synthesizes only a small part of the information available regarding systemic disincentives that prevent or discourage people with disabilities on SSI from achieving financial independence. It briefly summarizes issues that face SSI beneficiaries wishing to return to work part or full time, including barriers to information access, savings caps, and enforced smaller hourly wages. The poster titled “Risks, Fears, and Misconceptions: How Supplemental Security Insurance Traps People in Poverty” is meant as a public outreach. It encourages readers to think about the unnecessary challenges that face people with disabilities who receive SSI. In this way, readers will become more educated citizens and be able to identify and eliminate stereotypes that they may hold without realizing it.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Naomi Petersen

Department/Program

Accessibility Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/risks-fears-and-misconceptions-how-supplemental-security-insurance-traps-people-in-poverty/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Risks, Fears, and Misconceptions: How Supplemental Security Insurance Traps People in Poverty

Ellensburg

Although there are many tools and resources available to people on Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), a program of the Social Security Administration, to achieve financial independence, a confusing, restrictive system promotes misconceptions that keep people with disabilities from being able to work. Both as people interested in Accessibility Studies and as caring citizens, we should invest in understanding the social security system and what it means for people with disabilities who want to return to work. Information for this poster was drawn from online sources including news sources, blogs, and the website of the Social Security Administration. This poster synthesizes only a small part of the information available regarding systemic disincentives that prevent or discourage people with disabilities on SSI from achieving financial independence. It briefly summarizes issues that face SSI beneficiaries wishing to return to work part or full time, including barriers to information access, savings caps, and enforced smaller hourly wages. The poster titled “Risks, Fears, and Misconceptions: How Supplemental Security Insurance Traps People in Poverty” is meant as a public outreach. It encourages readers to think about the unnecessary challenges that face people with disabilities who receive SSI. In this way, readers will become more educated citizens and be able to identify and eliminate stereotypes that they may hold without realizing it.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CEPS/2