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Social Security Disability and SSI Overview

Disability Benefits offered through Social Security

Benefits through SSI disability

What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

Tips and Advice for Disability Claims

How long does Disability take?

Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial

Winning your Disability Benefits

Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Resource Center



The goal of SSDRC.COM, the Social Security Disability Resource Center, is to inform readers about how the Social Security Disability and SSI Disability process works from start to finish. This includes what to expect before, during, and after a disability application has been processed, common mistakes that need to be avoided, and what to do and how to react in specific situations (for example, receiving notices of denial, obtaining the status of the claim at different points, providing needed evidence, and undergoing a disability interview with a Social Security Claims Representative).

The most basic question about disability benefits is...

In explaining how the system works, SSDRC devotes attention to both medical and non-medical eligibility criteria, the Social Security Administration's definition of disability, and the process that is used to make decisions on initial claims, reconsideration appeals, and hearings that are held by federal administrative law judges. However, the core question most applicants will have is:

How do I prove I am disabled and win disability benefits?

For individuals who have already submitted an application for disability for SSD or SSI benefits, or are merely contemplating filing for disability, learning about how the disability system works can improve the chances of winning benefits. In certain cases, it may help an individual avoid mistakes that cost valuable processing time on a case, and affect eligibility for continuing monthly benefits, back pay benefits and medicare coverage.

SSDRC covers a lot of ground on a wide range of issues, however initial topics that may be useful include the following:


  • Filing a Social Security Disability Application

  • What happens if the disability examiner cannot find all the medical records?

  • If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?

  • Checking the status of your disability claim and why it is so important

  • Can I get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

  • Do I have to be permanently disabled to get disability?

  • Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving or applying for disability?

  • What is a Social Security Disability Denial based on?

  • How does the Social Security Disability Review work?

  • The Social Security Disability Award Letter

  • If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?

  • What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits

  • Should you get a Statement from a Personal Physician for your SSD or SSI Disability Case?







    For more information, visit the following resource resource sections:


  • Social Security Disability Definitions

  • Social Security Disability and SSI Applications

  • The Requirements for Disability

  • Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify

  • Disability Denials and Filing Appeals

  • Social Security Mental Disability Benefits

  • Disability Benefits for Children

  • Social Security Disability and Working

  • Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice

  • Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions

  • Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence










    About the Author

    SSDRC.com is published by Tim Moore, a former DDS Claims Examiner in North Carolina. DDS, or Disability Determination Services, is the state-level agency that make decisions on both Social Security Disability and SSI claims for the Social Security Administration. To learn more about the author: Tim Moore.

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    Information on SSDRC is also provided through the following sections of the site:

  • Social Security Disability Questions
  • More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers
  • Social Security Disability Blog
  • My Application for Disability was given a Denial by the Examiner
  • Disability Lawyers by state
  • Applying for Disability according to state of residence