Problems with Social Security Disability Claims among School-Aged Children.Report as inadecuate

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A survey was conducted of 111 certified school personnel from several school districts in northeastern Arkansas, to assess their attitudes toward claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for school-aged children. Respondents reported a significant increase in disability claims in the 1992-93 school year over the 1991-92 school year. Respondents with 15 or more years of experience expressed attitudes toward SSI that were more positive than attitudes of participants with less experience. No differences in attitudes were found by grade level taught. Only 2.7 percent of respondents thought that children who qualified for SSI were truly disabled. Overall attitudes of respondents indicated a belief that the system was not being utilized properly and that possible abuses were occurring. A thorough review of the criteria and procedures for determining SSI eligibility for school-aged children is recommended. (JDD)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Family Financial Resources, Family Income, Federal Aid, Program Effectiveness, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes

Author: Broom, Sarah; And Others



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