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About Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

What is SSDI?

SSDI provides benefits to blind or disabled workers, widow(er)s or adults disabled since childhood. Click here for access to Social Security's Fact Sheet on disability benefits:  What You Should Know Before You Apply For Disability Benefits?​

How do I know if I could be eligible for benefits? 

Social Security uses a process involving five questions to determine if you are disabled:

  • Are you working?
  • Is your condition severe?
  • Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?  (Click here ​to go to SS site to view the list of disabling conditions.)
  • Can you do the work you did previously?
  • Can you do any other type of work?
  • Click here to visit the Social Security website and see if you are eligible for Social Security benefits by using the Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST).  

How to apply

You can complete some or all of the forms online, by phone or in person.  Click here to visit the Social Security website for more information on applying for Social Security Disability Benefits​.  

Denied SSDI Benefits?​​​

If your disability application is denied, the letter sent to you by the Social Security Administration will explain the reason for the denial and how to request a review of their decision. Depending on the reason, you may be able to request your appeal online.  Click here to visit the Social Security website for more information on Appealing Social Security Disability Benefits Decision​.​