Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities


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The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) provides monetary benefits to eligible people with disabilities through its Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. As of December 2017, SSDI had approximately 10.4 million beneficiaries, and SSI served about 7.1 million recipients who were classified as blind or disabled.

With support from SSA, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to look at ways to collect information about a person’s physical and mental functional abilities relevant to work requirements. The resulting report, Functional Assessment for Adults with Disabilities, lays out the committee’s findings and conclusions.