The Social Security Disability Insurance program was created more than a couple years ago, and so was much of the documentation that helps administrative law judges, vocational experts and other staff members make certain decisions. For instance, the job listings document used by vocational experts was last updated in 1991.
Overall growth in the population, the maturing of baby boomers and an increase of women in the workforce over a generation or more are among the main reasons that the number of people seeking Social Security disability insurance benefits has risen in recent decades. These are among the findings of two economists who say that an aging population alone would lead to the number of people who may need to rely upon the important federal insurance benefits.
The Social Security Administration knows that when a child has a mental or physical disability, household budgets may be strained. The Supplemental Security Income program is a social safety net for people with disabling conditions in low income households. And in some cases, a child may qualify for SSI benefits.