When you have a condition which limits your ability to work, government programs can be instrumental in meeting your medical needs and helping to pay for daily expenses. Although these benefits are crucial, they are also income-sensitive meaning that in order to qualify to receive them, your income and assets will be extremely limited. For California residents, setting up a special needs trust can be an effective way to pay for additional expenses without endangering benefit eligibility. However, you have to have a qualifying disability to create this device. What disabilities typically qualify for a special needs trust?