The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently proposed changes to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program that would affect the benefits received by millions of disabled individuals in the United States. Currently, those receiving SSI are susceptible to having their monthly payments docked–as much as by one-third–if they have their food provided by an outside source, such as family members or neighbors.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood and affects an estimated 1 in 345 children in the United States. This disability is present from birth and can drastically affect the child’s entire life. Disabilities and impairments range drastically depending on the severity of CP. However, according to the CDC, 41% of children with CP were limited in their ability to crawl, walk, and run. In addition, 31% of children with CP needed the use of special equipment such as walkers or wheelchairs.