The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs provide assistance to people with disabilities. This page provides detailed information about disability benefits and can help you understand what to expect from Social Security during the disability process.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you are “insured,” meaning that you worked long enough – and recently enough - and paid Social Security taxes on your earnings. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
The disability benefits application process follows these general steps, whether you apply online, by phone, or in person: You gather the information and documents you need to apply. We recommend you print and review the Adult Disability Checklist. It will help you gather the information you need to complete the application.
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