The Alphabet Soup of SSI & SSDI



The Alphabet Soup of SSI & SSDI

download documents black


Disability Benefits | SSA - How to Apply
     - Child Disability Starter Kit (
     - Benefits for Children (

     - Adult Disability Starter Kit (

Fact Sheet: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (

Fact Sheet: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) (

Working While Disabled: How We Can Help (

What You Need to Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (

What You Need To Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18 (


  1. True or False: SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is associated with the Social Security Administration.
  2. True or False: SSI stands for Social Security Income.
  3. True or False: SSI is funded out of Social Security Taxes.

The answer to all of the above questions is False, spotlighting the general confusion attached to governmental programs for people with disabilities.  If your loved one with a disability receives income from either fund, it will be important that the stream of benefits are not interrupted in your absence. Someone who understands the differences between SSI and SSDI must be ready to monitor the programs for consistent delivery of benefits.

Participants viewing this webinar will:

  • Learn the difference between SSI and SSDI.
  • Be able to identify the qualifying criteria for each program.


Robert Fenn. Public Affairs Specialist at Social Security Administration

Robert Fenn HeadshotRobert Fenn, an Elyria, OH native, has been with the Social Security Administration since September 1999. Robert assisted the public as a Service Representative till his promotion in 2006 as Claims Representative in Canton, OH. In this position, Robert specialized in Retirement, Survivors, Disability and Medicare Insurance benefits. Robert was promoted to Public Affairs Specialist, June 2008 for the Downtown Akron Social Security office. Robert’s outreach, media relations, and public presentations cover Stark, Summit, Mahoning, Medina, Richland, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties, which includes 1480AM WHBC and 1590AM WAKR radio; the Akron Beacon Journal, The Senior Forum and Wadsworth TV. Robert is married, has two adult daughters and majored in Interpersonal and Public Communications at the University of Akron.