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SSA Employment Support Update

By Mary Hoover

All youth need support as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that young people with disabilities face particularly challenging transitions. In addition to maintaining ongoing work incentives and programs, SSA continues to add new employment supports to help youth with disabilities make a successful transition from school to employment.

Ongoing Work Incentives

The following is a brief description of some of SSA’s ongoing work incentives and supports most likely to be used during the transition planning process:

New Supports and Provisions

The following work incentives and provisions have recently been changed or implemented by new regulations:


SSA continues to improve ongoing provisions and plan for new supports to enhance the transition process for young people with disabilities. Families who would like more information on work incentives can refer to The Red Book at For specific questions about the benefits your child is receiving call 800/772-1213 or your local SSA office.

Mary Hoover is a Policy Analyst, Office of Program Development and Research, SSA, Baltimore, Maryland.


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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( Citation: Gaylord, V., Agosta, J., Barclay, J., Melda, K. & Stenhjem, P. (Eds.). (2006). Impact: Feature Issue on Parenting Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities 19(2). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration.]

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