Social Security Self-Help

Getting or keeping a Social Security disability benefit can be a difficult task.  The following Self-Help Guides will help you understand and work through the various stages of the process. There are Guides for Adults and Guides for Youth.  Each guide contains links to the Social Security Administration’s website so you can easily find current information and some key forms. The following questions will help you determine which Self-Help Guide will help you now:

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Starter Guide for Social Security Questions and Concerns                 
If you need to contact Social Security for any purpose begin with this short starter guide:

How to Contact the Social Security Administration (SSA), Make an Appointment, and Find Information Online

Guides for Adults

Do you want to learn what it takes to be determined “disabled” by the Social Security Administration and to qualify for a social security disability insurance (SSDI) and/or a supplemental security income (SSI) benefit?

Thinking About Applying for a Social Security Disability Benefit?

Are you 18 or older and want to apply for Supplemental Security Income on YOUR record or Social Security Disability Insurance on the record of a PARENT?

Applying for SSI or Child Disability Benefits as an Adult

Are you ready to APPLY, or RE-APPLY because you missed the 60-day deadline to appeal?

TIPS When Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

Have you applied and received a Notice of Disapproved Claim or a Notice of Reconsideration? Learn how and when to appeal, how to improve your case, and about getting representation:

TIPS When Appealing a Social Security Disability or Supplemental Social Security Income Benefit

Are your adult social security disability benefits under review?

What to Do to Keep Your Social Security Benefits in Place: Undergoing a Continuing Disability Review

Guides for Youth Turning 18

Are you (or your loved one) turning 18 and wondering what happens to your SSI? Learn about the age-18 redetermination, how to appeal a denial, and keep your benefit going during the appeal process and beyond:

SSI at-a-glance: What Happens When you Turn 18?

When the SSI Age-18 Redetermination is Denied – Using Section 301 to Continue Benefits

Power Point Presentation: Social Security Changes When Coming of Age: The Age-18 Redetermination and Related Topics

PDF Presentation: Social Security Changes When Coming of Age: The Age-18 Redetermination and Related Topics

If you are 18 and undergoing an SSI age-18 redetermination find out how to avoid the one-third reduction if your cash benefit is continued:

How To Avoid the One-Third Reduction to SSI- Pay Your Way!

Miscellaneous Guides

Are you a veteran with a 100% Permanent and Total Disability and applying for a Social Security disability benefit?

Veterans Alert – Do You Have a Veteran Compensation Rating of 100% and Planning to Apply for Social Security Disability benefits?

Do you want to know how going to college can affect Social Security benefits?

Removing Barriers Faced by College Students with Disabilities Applying for or Receiving Social Security Benefits

If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) learn how to avoid the one-third reduction to the cash benefit:

How To Avoid the One-Third Reduction to SSI- Pay Your Way!

Ask the Expert Video: Can I Keep My Benefits if I Go Back to Work?

Do you want to learn about working and keeping a social security benefit?  This video will introduce you to the Social Security Administration’s work incentives that help social security beneficiaries work without losing their benefit:

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