“We have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. A cornerstone of the New Deal, Roosevelt’s series of programs aimed to combat the Clutch Plague, the Social Security Act created a safety net for some of America’s most vulnerable.

The framework for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has its roots in the 1930s, though the law would not be enacted until 20 years later. The original Social Security Act ensured financial security for retired and elderly Americans, but not for the disabled. After a series of amendments to the law, Social Security now provides all working Americans with a federal retirement plan, a federal health insurance plan and a federal disability plan – that’s your money. Of every paycheck earned, 6.2 percent goes to Social Security, which purchases these three insurance policies.

Today, SSDI assists more than 8 million people who cannot work because of a disability. At Disability Justice, we celebrate the monumental anniversary of the foundation for the program we know and defend for our clients today.




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