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Social Security Task Force

Social Security And People With Disabilities:
Public Education & Outreach Campaign


Recordings of Recent CCD Social Security Webinars
Interested in finding out more about the Social Security programs and current proposals to make changes to the programs? Check out these webinars to answer your questions!

Social Security 101 Webinar:

This webinar explains the basics of the social insurance safety net that is created by the Social Security retirement, disability, and survivors programs. The webinar includes information on the current design of the programs, how the programs are funded, how workers are covered by paying into the system, and how benefits help people with disabilities, retired workers, their families and their survivors. This webinar outlines the general and most-discussed options for reforming Social Security to ensure its long-term solvency and maintaining benefit adequacy. Finally, it provides some basic principles through which reform proposals can be evaluated.

Social Security 101 webinar recording | Social Security 101 PPT

Current Social Security Reform Proposals: How They Would Affect People with Disabilities Webinar:

Building on Social Security 101, this webinar explains the specific reforms that have been proposed by organizations/commissions, as well as other available options for achieving long-term solvency of the Social Security programs. It also explains the likely effects of each option on the solvency of the Social Security trust funds. A primary focus of the webinar is to examine the impact of these proposed changes on benefits received by program beneficiaries, specifically, how the proposals, if implemented, would affect people with disabilities, the elderly, and families who rely on the Social Security safety net. It also provides information on the response of the national disability advocacy community to the reform proposals.

Current Reform Proposals webinar recording | CCD Webinar June 2011 PPT
Reform Proposal Summaries
Having trouble making heads or tails of the Social Security reforms coming out of Washington, DC and how they might affect people with disabilities? The following summaries could be of assistance:

Summary of the recommendations of the Co-Chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (also known as Bowles/Simpson): Summary of the recommendations of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Taskforce (also known as Rivlin/Domenici):
CCD Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet #1: Highlights - Social Security & People With Disabilities And Their Families
Fact Sheet #2: What Benefits Do People With Disabilities & Their Families Get From Social Security?
Fact Sheet #3: How Does Social Security Help People With Disabilities & Their Families?
Fact Sheet #4: How Does Social Security Protect Young Workers & Their Families?
Fact Sheet #5: How Is Social Security Funded?
Fact Sheet #6: How Are The Social Security & SSI Disability Programs Different?
Fact Sheet #7: A Checklist: Effect Of Proposed Changes On People With Disabilities & Their Families
Fact Sheet #8: How are Social Security Benefits Calculated
CCD Testimony and Statements
Donna Meltzer
Chair, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Statement before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, June 30, 2010
Ethel Zelenske
Co-Chair, Social Security Task Force, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Social Security at 75 Years: More Necessary Now Than Ever, Testimony: U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Social Security, July 15, 2010
Donna Meltzer
Chair, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Statement at Launch of Social Security Works, July 29, 2010
Other Resources
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Part of AARP's mission is to serve as a nonpartisan advocate for social change and two key issues are solvency of the Social Security program and the adequacy of benefits for low-income retirees. See resources from AARP's Public Policy Institute at
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is one of the nation's premier policy organizations working at the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families. The Center evaluates Social Security reform proposals, examining their implications for the program's basic social insurance character and long-term solvency, as well as their effects on the federal budget. CBPP also examine ways to ensure long-term solvency that also strengthen rather than weaken Social Security for low-income and minority beneficiaries. See CBPP Social Security information at
National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security and a vibrant economy. The NASI website contains an entire section of resources on Social Security and reports regarding the effects of reform,
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) was founded in 1982 to serve as an advocate for the landmark federal programs of Social Security and Medicare and for all Americans who seek a healthy, productive and secure retirement. With millions of members and supporters across America, it is the nation's second-largest grassroots citizens organization devoted to the retirement future for all citizens - from our "twenty-something" generation and baby-boomers to the nation's thirty-four million seniors. Through a program of education and information, NCPSSM encourages its members and the public to learn about the legislative and regulatory proposals which will affect their working and retirement life. See resources from NCPSSM at
Social Security Matters is a resource for women about the importance of Social Security organized by the Older Women's League (OWL). Founded in 1980, OWL is the only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age. See direct link to Social Security Matters and its resources at
Social Security Works was organized to protect and improve the economic status of disadvantaged and at-risk populations and to promote social justice for current and future generations of children as well as all adults. It convened a group of organizations to address threats to Social Security and in June 2010, this coalition became known as the Strengthen Social Security campaign. See resources and direct link to the campaign at