Who can get Social Security
How do I apply for disability benefits?
When should I apply and what information
do I need?
Who decides if I am disabled?
How is the decision made?
What happens when my claim is approved?
Can my family get benefits?
How do other payments affect my benefits?
What do I need to tell Social Security?
When do I get Medicare?
What do I need to know about working?
The Ticket to Work program
Achieving a Better Life Experience
Contacting Social Security
Disability is something most people don’t like to think
about. But the chances that you’ll become disabled
probably are greater than you realize. Studies show that
a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming
disabled before reaching full retirement age.
This booklet provides basic information on Social Security
disability benefits and isn’t meant to answer all questions.
For specific information about your situation, you should
speak with a Social Security representative.
We pay disability benefits through two programs: the
Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program and
the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. This
booklet is about the Social Security disability program. For
information about the SSI disability program for adults,
see Supplemental Security Income (SSI) (Publication
No. 05-11000). For information about disability programs
for children, refer to Benefits For Children With Disabilities
(Publication No. 05-10026). Our publications are available
online at www.socialsecurity.gov.
Who can get Social Security disability benefits?
Social Security pays benefits to people who can’t work
because they have a medical condition that’s expected
to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law
requires this very strict definition of disability. While some
programs give money to people with partial disability