Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Requirements for Disability

Applications for disability

Tips and Advice for Disability

How long does Disability take?

Winning Disability Benefits

Common Claim Mistakes

Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Child Disability Benefits

Qualifications, Qualifying

Working and Disability

Disability Awards, Notices

Hiring Disability Lawyers

List of Disability Conditions

What SSA finds disabling

SSD SSI Medical Evidence

Filing for Disability

Eligibility for Disability

SSD SSI Definitions

Questions and Answers

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:

  • Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security

  • How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?

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

  • What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?

  • How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?

  • Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it

  • Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria

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

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

  • What is a Social Security Disability Denial based on?

  • 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

  • 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?

  • How does the Social Security Disability Review work?

    For more information, visit the following resource sections:

  • Social Security Disability Resource Center on facebook

  • 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 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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