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?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
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
Can you apply for SSI for a learning disability ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
You can apply for SSI for any disability or conditions that prevent you from being able to work. If you have a learning disability that has prevented you from working, then you should file an SSI disability or Social security disability claim with the Social Security Administration.
If you apply for disability because you are a slow learner, your school records will be important. For instance, if you were in special education classes in school, you have a better chance of an allowance for SSI benefits.
Social Security does not discern between physical or mental impairments, only how your impairment or impairments affect your ability to function in daily activities including work activity.
How does Social Security measure your ability to function? Your medical records and school records will be obtained and analzed to determined what your residual functional capacity (what you are able to do despite your impairment or impairments) is.
If you are an adult, your RFC rating will be meaasured against the demands of whatever past work you did to determine A) do you have the ability to return to your past work and B) do you have the ability to switch to some type of other work, assuming that you are incapable of returning to your past work.
Individuals who are found to be unable to do either will generally be approved for disability, assuming they also satisfy the non-medical disability criteria.
If you are a child filing for disability, your limitations will be considered in the context of whether or not you are able to perform age-appropriate activities, the idea being that if you cannot perform the same tasks as your same-age peers, you may meet the SSA definition of disability.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
Special Section: Disability Lawyers and unnecessary claim denials