SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
More questions about SSD and SSI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
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.
Return to: SSDRC, or the Social Security Disability Questions page