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Supplemental Security Income: Programmatic Differences for Individuals Who are Blind Briefing Paper

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When the Supplemental Security Income program was created in 1974, it was the product of consolidating state poverty programs for people who were over age 65, blind or disabled into a federal program. The distinction between age, blindness and disability continues in the present program. This paper will outline how the benefits for individuals with legal (statutory) blindness differ from the benefits for individuals with disabilities other than blindness.