Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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Social Security Disability SSI and Activities of Daily Living
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Social Security disability programs are based upon functional ability rather than a specific medical condition or mental condition. This means that they are looking to see how your medical or mental condition prevents you from performing activities that affect your ability to work at a SGA level.
One of the ways that Social Security disability examiners evaluate the effect your disabling condition has on your ability to work is to look at how your condition affects your ability to do routine daily activities.
Routine activities of daily living might include, but are not limited to, performing household chores, driving, shopping, fixing your own meals, socializing, visiting family and friends, ability to handle money, perform your own personal grooming and hygiene, pay your own bills, etc. Activities of daily living are just activities you might do in a normal day.
Social Security disability examiners gather this information most often through activities of daily living questionnaires (you complete this questionnaire) and third party questionnaires (the third party person you provided during your disability interview or on your disability report form). The information contained in these questionnaires help a disability examiner who has never met you make a determination as to what your functional capacity might be.
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