This paper reports on a collaborative study between the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) to assess SSI benefits received by young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing in October 1995. Twenty-one percent of the subjects received an average SSI benefit of $337. The more education individuals have, the less likely they will draw SSI. Individuals who attend college and dropout receive higher SSI benefits than college graduates. A larger percentage of females than males received SSI benefits at all educational levels. Educators and social service professionals need to encourage every able student(s) who are deaf or hard of hearing to pursue postsecondary education. Use of public funds to support higher education and rehabilitation of individual (s) who are deaf or hard of hearing is a sound investment. Public policy supporting postsecondary education of individual(s) who are deaf or hard of hearing reduces long term dependence on Federal SSI payments.
Clarcq, J. R., & Walter, G. G. (2019). Supplemental Security Income Payments Made to Young Adults who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. JADARA, 31(2). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol31/iss2/4