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Resources and Definitions of Available Funding Supports.

What is SSI?

SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income.  Social Security administers this program.  They pay monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are blind, age 65 or older, or have a qualifying disability.  Children with disabilities or who are blind may also get SSI.

How is SSI Different From Social Security Benefits?

Many people who are eligible for SSI may also be entitled to Social Security benefits. In fact, the application for SSI is also an application for Social Security benefits. However, SSI and Social Security are different in many ways.

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

SSDI supports individuals who are disabled and have a qualifying work history, either through their own employment or a family member (spouse/parent).

What is Respite?

Respite is the short-term periodic and temporary care of individuals with developmental or functional disabilities in order to temporarily relieve the family or informal caregiver.

The Respite Care program offers financial reimbursement for short-term temporary care in order to provide a period of rest and renewal to family caregivers by temporarily relieving them of the demands and stresses of caregiving responsibilities. Respite care is provided at planned intervals, in a time of crisis, or on an as-needed basis. We serve children and adults with developmental disabilities and adults with functional disabilities and their families.

Low Intensity Support Services (LISS)

The Developmental Disabilities Administration's Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) Program serves children living at home with their family and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities living in their own home in the community who are not receiving any support services from the DDA. The LISS program's goal is to ensure that children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities live happy, healthy, independent lives while being integrated into their communities across their lifespan.  Below are just a few highlights:

  • It is flexible to meet the needs of children as they grow and adults as they mature across their lifespan.  And;

  • Provides up to $2000 to assist eligible children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities with purchasing eligible services and/or items to address their needs. And;

  • Enhances or improves the quality of life, for eligible children and adults with developmental and /or intellectual disabilities as well as promotes independence and community integration.

About DDA - (Self Directed)

People with developmental disabilities have the right to direct their lives and services. The DDA partners with people with developmental disabilities to provide support and resources to live fulfilling lives. The DDA is the primary State agency that funds community-based services and supports for people with developmental disabilities.

About Maryland ABLE

Maryland ABLE is a savings program which seeks to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life.  

Maryland ABLE wants to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, the Supplemental Security Income program under Title XVI of the Social Security Act, the beneficiary's employment, and any other source.

By increasing access to financial stability, ABLE increases access to health, independence, and a greater quality of life for Marylander’s with disabilities.

** The definitions and links above come from various governemnt websites and are not a creation of the Spirit Club Foundation.

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