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The Social Security List of Impairments
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For Social Security Disability and SSI, What Does It Mean When A person Can Only Do Sedentary Work?

Social Security defines sedentary work as: being able to sit for up to 6 hours in an 8 hour day, and lift up to 10 pounds occasionally. If an individual’s residual functional capacity (what they are able to with regard to normal daily activities) is restricted to a full range of sedentary work, they may or may not be approved for disability benefits.

The older an individual is, the better the chance they can be approved for disability if they are limited to a full range of sedentary work. The only way an individual under the age of fifty with a sedentary residual functional capacity can be approved for disability is A) if they are illiterate or unable to communicate in English and B) have performed no work, or have only done unskilled work.

Once an individual is between the ages of fifty and fifty-four, their chances of being approved for disability improve somewhat. Individuals with a high school diploma or more who do not have direct entry into skilled work, who are skilled or semi skilled, but their skills are not transferable to other work, can be found disabled with a residual functional capacity that is limited to sedentary work. Or, a high school graduate or more with no direct entry to skilled work, whose work is unskilled, or they have had no work, may be found disabled if their residual functional capacity is sedentary.

Individuals who are fifty to fifty-four with limited or less education that have worked unskilled jobs, or skilled or semi-skilled jobs whose skills are not transferable, or have not worked at all, may also be approved with a residual functional capacity rating of sedentary.

Generally, individual who are fifty-five years or older who have a residual functional capacity of sedentary can be found disabled unless they performed skilled or semi-skilled work with transferable skills.

This includes individuals who are high school graduates or individuals with limited or less education.

Note: If an individual has job skills that can be transferred to another job, they may be denied disability benefits even if they have a sedentary residual functional capacity. This is because the social security administration does not award disability benefits for SSI or SSD to individuals who have the ability to find other employment if they cannot do their former work.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com 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 caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

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