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:
Starter Guide for Social Security Questions and Concerns
If you need to contact Social Security for any purpose begin with this short starter guide:
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?
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?
Are you ready to APPLY, or RE-APPLY because you missed the 60-day deadline to appeal?
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:
Are your adult social security disability benefits under review?
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:
Power Point 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:
Are you a veteran with a 100% Permanent and Total Disability and applying for a Social Security disability benefit?
Do you want to know how going to college can affect Social Security benefits?
If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) learn how to avoid the one-third reduction to the cash benefit:
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: