Overview of Disability
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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
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What is a disability?
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Social Security Disability SSI and Activities of Daily Living
Social Security disability programs are based upon functional ability rather than a specific medical condition or mental condition. This means that they are looking to see how your medical or mental condition prevents you from performing activities that affect your ability to work at a SGA level.
One of the ways that Social Security disability examiners evaluate the effect your disabling condition has on your ability to work is to look at how your condition affects your ability to do routine daily activities.
Routine activities of daily living might include, but are not limited to, performing household chores, driving, shopping, fixing your own meals, socializing, visiting family and friends, ability to handle money, perform your own personal grooming and hygiene, pay your own bills, etc. Activities of daily living are just activities you might do in a normal day.
Social Security disability examiners gather this information most often through activities of daily living questionnaires (you complete this questionnaire) and third party questionnaires (the third party person you provided during your disability interview or on your disability report form). The information contained in these questionnaires help a disability examiner who has never met you make a determination as to what your functional capacity might be.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
SSI Disability for Children and Age Appropriate Activities What Forms will I need to Complete when I apply for disability? What happens if I am on disability and sell property?
Can I supplement my income with part time work while I get disability?
Social Security Disability, freelance income, and paying taxes
Denied at my disability review and am now appealing that determination
Social Security benefits if you already get short term disability
Can my disability benefits be garnished for unpaid fines?
If I work part time, will Social Security deduct from my disability check?
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.
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 to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
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