Disability Benefits and Transition Age Youth (2 hours)

This training provides information related to the significant benefit changes that young adults with disabilities need to understand as they approach adulthood. These changes include the mandatory Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Age 18 redetermination process, how adult benefits differ from childhood-related benefits under both Social Security programs (SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)), and how changes to public health insurance can occur. There is a special emphasis on young adult-related programs and work incentives such as Section 301 (Continued Payment under a Vocational Rehabilitation or Similar Program), Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) for SSI recipients age 21 and younger, and Plan to Achieve Self Support (PASS) that can help young adults leverage financial resources to fund their education.

This training is appropriate for young adults, parents and other family members, and case managers and other staff that work closely with transition age youth who receive SSI and/or SSDI.

After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Navigate through the redetermination process and changes to public health insurance.
  • Differentiate adult benefits from childhood benefits under both SSI and SSDI.
  • Utilize work incentives that support young adults with educational and employment goals.


“It was so clear and easy to understand. I’ve attended several transition webinars presented by others but always left with my head spinning. And that tool to figure out benefits… amazing.”

“Loved the fact that the presenter sent the PowerPoint and other visuals for us to reference.”

“The trainer was absolutely incredibly relatable, kind, professional and intelligent!”

“I have taken several SSI &SSDI trainings and I finally feel like I get it. The presenter was very clear with her delivery of information and kept the flow of the information consistent. The slides were concise and easier to understand than previous trainings I have attended.”

Key Takeaways:

“Families and students can have more confidence that they can work and not lose more than they earn. Families can make financial plans to support their child in the future. Communicate, communicate, communicate!”

“There have been a lot of changes to encourage working without losing benefits.”

“The tool for calculating benefits. There are people and resources I can get in touch with to help navigate the world of SSI. Ahh the myths can officially end today.”

“The ABLE account. I told my parents about it before the training was over. We have all been wanting to save money for our twins (both Autism Spectrum Disorder) but didn’t know we could use this.”