Since 1956, the Social Security program has provided cash benefits to people with disabilities. This annual report provides program and demographic information about the people who receive those benefits. The basic topics covered are
- beneficiaries in current-payment status;
- benefits awarded, withheld, and terminated;
- disabled workers who have returned to work;
- outcomes of applications for disability benefits;
- geographic distribution of beneficiaries;
- disabled beneficiaries receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or both; and
- income of disabled beneficiaries.
Most of the data are from the Social Security Administration's program records. Information on the income of disabled beneficiaries was obtained from the 2001 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation. The panel data were linked to information from the agency's December 2001 program records. In future editions, we plan to add more information about the incidence of disability, reinstatement of benefits, workers' compensation and public disability benefit offset, and continuing disability reviews.
Kia Masseaux compiled this report for publication, and Carolyn A. Harrison managed the project. Paul Davies, Carolyn A. Harrison, Thuy Ho, Art Kahn, Kevin Kulzer, and Clark Pickett wrote the programs to process the data and produce the statistical tables. Linda Martin wrote data specifications. Glenda Carter, Kevin Kulzer, Connie Marion, and Linda Martin validated the data. Staff of the Division of Information Resources edited the report and prepared the print and electronic versions for publication.
Linda Drazga Maxfield
Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics