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

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Who gets SSI?

In a broader sense, SSI is for individuals who are not insured to receive Social Security disability benefits, or who are insured but would receive a fairly small Social Security disability monthly check. The people who fall into the SSI category are usually children, individuals who stopped working more than five years ago, individuals who are self-employed and did not pay enough into the system to be insured, and individuals who had sporadic work or earnings. Given all those categories, SSI disability can really cover a lot of different types of individual and family situations.

Here are some pages that address basic questions:

1. How do I qualify for SSI?
2. What are the disability requirements for SSI?
3. How long does it take to get SSI disability?
4. What are the rules for SSI?

To answer the question in a different way, however, let's talk about who should generally qualify for SSI or Social Security Disability, or any other state since both programs are federal in scope and are administered by the Social Security Administration.

For example, when a person files for disability at a Social Security office in North Carolina (whether its an office in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Cary, Concord, Durham, Greensboro, Gastonia, High Point, Rocky Mount, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Lumberton, etc), whether or not the claim is for SSD or SSI will be determined at that point.

How the determination will be made will be based on whether or not the person has earned enough work credits through their work activity over the years. If they have enough, they will be eligible to have a claim for SSD taken. If not, they may have a claim for SSI disability taken, assuming that they satisfy the non-medical requirements of the SSI program.

That's really when the issue of SSD vs SSI is decided, at your local Social Security office. To again use North Carolina as an example, once your disability is taken, then the case is transferred to a North Carolina state government office known as DDS, which stands for disability determination services. It is at DDS that the case actually gets worked on.

At DDS, which is in Raleigh, all disability cases are assigned to disability examiners. Examiners use the information that has been provided at the time of application to send off requests for medical records. Once those records are received, they read them, evaluate them, and consider if a person meets the SSA definition of disability.

You can read the page linked in the preceding paragraph; however, the process works like this. To get disability disability, a person must either: 1) meet or equal a disability listing, or 2) get awarded on the basis of not being able to return to their past work, or do any other type of work that would earn them a substantial and gainful income.

So, as to the question, who gets SSI disability, or Social Security Disability, the answer is: anyone who files and is found to lack the ability to return to their former work or, considering their age, education, limitations, and job skills, is found to also lack the ability to switch to some type of other work that they have never done before may qualify for disability benefits.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

When You File an SSI or Social Security Disability Application
Will you get disability if your condition is not on the Social Security Impairment List?
Will I be approved for disability on my appeal?
Can you apply for disability on the basis of multiple health problems?
Does Social Security approve a disability application the first time?
Why does it take so long to wait for a disability hearing
How long is the wait for a disability judge hearing?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

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 | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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

Do I need an attorney to win disability?
How Long Does It Take To Go Before A Judge For Disability?
Will a Judge give you an Immediate Decision at the Disability Hearing?
What happens when you go to a disability hearing?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical conditions
Social Security Disability lawyer fee
Can a lawyer or attorney speed up my disability case?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Going to a medical exam for Social Security Disability or SSI
Filing for disability - How to file the disability application
Do you need a lawyer to file for disability?
How Far Back Can SSI Back Pay Be Paid?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
The Social Security Disability Award Letter
Social Security Disability SSI Eligibility Requirements
How Many Times Will you be denied before You Get Approved for Disability?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
How to Prove disability and qualify to win benefits
How to speed up the disability process
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes
What should you say if you go to a Social Security Exam?
Maximum back pay you can get from Social Security Disability or SSI
How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?