Brief: University of Minnesota: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities in Relation to SSI Redetermination
The article presents findings from a study conducted by the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. The study focused on the experiences of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and non-recipients and their families, particularly the impact that continuing or discontinuing SSI benefits has on individuals with disabilities after age 18. Their efforts to achieve post-school employment, independent living, and related community participations outcomes were examined. The study found these outcomes were difficult for youth with disabilities to achieve due to significant obstacles including: workplace environments that are not prepared for employing individuals with disabilities, constraints relating to issues of transportation and personal safety, and family dependence on SSI benefits and related benefits.