Because SSD and SSI are federal programs, the information here applies to all states. However, if you live in North Carolina and need assistance, read this page: How does the disability process work?
The goal of SSDRC is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes.
I created SSDR because my earlier experiences as a disability examiner, and later in disability claim representation, showed me that despite the fact that online information has been available for more than 20 years, people still have a lot of trouble getting simple answers to basic questions when it comes to filing for disability successfully.
I am not a disability lawyer but, instead, an ADR, (Accredited Disability Representative), accredited by the National Association of Disability Representatives. What is the difference? In my particular case, there are distinct differences.”
I have taken and passed the federal written examination that is administered by the Social Security Administration and which is authorized under Public Law No. 111-142, “The Social Security Disability Applicants’ Access to Professional Representation Act of 2010”. The purpose of this exam is to test knowledge of the relevant provisions of the Social Security Act and also knowlege of the most recent developments in SSA including court decisions that affect titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
I have also been 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.
If you need assistance on a claim in North Carolina, please contact our office using the form below.