Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Social Security Disability Resource Center


For the sake of clarity, is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former disability claims examiner Tim Moore. To learn more about the author, see the "SSDRC authored by" link at the bottom of the left column menu.

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:

  • What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?

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

  • Filing for disability for Fibromyalgia

  • What does a disability attorney do?

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

  • How to speed up the disability process

  • Applying for disability for Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Filing for disability for Bipolar Disorder

  • Filing for disability - When and how to file

  • How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?

  • Social Security Disability and SSI Back pay

  • What is considered a disability by Social Security?

  • Filing for disability and conditions you can apply for

  • Tips for getting approved for disability

  • Filing for disability for MS, multiple sclerosis

  • Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?

  • Filing for disability for ADHD, attention deficit

  • What kind of cases win disability benefits?

  • Can you lose your disability benefits?

  • Social Security Disability SSI and Impairments

  • How Long does it take to get a Disability Hearing decision?

  • Winning at a disability hearing

  • Do I need an attorney to win disability?

  • How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?

  • Will a Judge give You an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?

  • Social Security Disability lawyer fees and cost

  • What happens when you go to a disability hearing?

  • How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?

  • How long does it take to get disability?

  • Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

  • Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?

  • Applying for disability with Depression

  • How do you prove disability for a mental condition or impairment?

  • How do you apply for disability for your child or children?

  • How long does it take for a Disability Hearing decision notice?

  • When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?

  • Social Security Disability SSI Award notice letter

  • Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams

  • What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

  • Qualifications for Disability Benefits

  • Partial disability benefits from Social Security

  • Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?

  • How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?

  • Can you get disability if you never worked?

  • How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved

  • How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go to apply?

  • Filing an Application for Disability, important points

  • How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?

  • The SSI award letter

  • What can I expect from a Social Security Mental Examination or Evaluation?

  • How does back pay for Social Security disability work?

  • How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?

  • Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI

  • What do I do if my SSI or Social Security Disability Application is denied?

  • Can you be approved for disability without having to go to a hearing?

  • How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?

  • How Many Times Will Social Security Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?

  • Do I need a lawyer to get approved for disability?

  • How Likely are You to Win Your Disability Case?

  • What medical disabilities Qualify for Disability Benefits?

  • Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?

  • How will an attorney help me win disability benefits?

  • Social Security Disability requirements

  • Social Security and Permanent disability

  • What Benefits come with SSI Disability?

  • SSI Benefits - who is Eligible and How do I apply

  • Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check

  • Social Security Disability List of Impairments

  • What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

  • Qualifying for disability, how to qualify

  • How much does disability pay?

  • Maximum back pay from Social Security Disability or SSI

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

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

  • How to check Social Security Disability Status

  • Social Security Disability Review

  • Medical Evidence on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim

  • Can You get disability for a Mental Condition if you don't take medication?

  • The Social Security Disability Determination Process

  • Call to get the status of your disability claim

  • Social Security Disability Approval Process and Criteria

  • How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability

  • How long does it take an examiner to review a disability case?

  • How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing

  • What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?

  • Does Social Security Disability Come With Medicaid Benefits?

    For more information, visit the following resource sections:

  • Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

  • FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

  • Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved

  • FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions

  • The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration

  • Disability hearings before Judges

  • Medical exams for disability claims

  • Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

  • Part II: Overview of Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits

  • Part II: Criteria and Requirements for Receiving Disability Benefits

  • Part II: Applications for Social Security Disability or SSI

  • Social Security Disability SSI and Mental Conditions, Part II

  • Supplemental Security Income Disability Benefits

  • Social Security Disability SSI Qualifications, Part II

  • Winning Disability Benefits from Social Security Part II

    About the Author is published by Tim Moore, a former DDS Claims Examiner for Social Security Disability 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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