How to Apply – A Guide for Spoonies

a47f65f29abc59173199d8f7d7828cb8.jpgIf you are sick and unable to work, applying for disability may be one of the smartest, bravest, and best things you can do to help yourself. It can bring stability, security, medical care and peace of mind into your future.

It can also be a great help to your loved ones who may be worried about you or may be trying to care for you without support.

Reading more and learning more and taking more steps is the best possible thing you could be doing right now. In my experience, and my observation, the people who learn and question and wonder and persist are the people who win their claims.

How Do I Know if I am Eligible to Apply?

Most people are eligible to apply. If you’ve somehow gotten the impression that you might not be, don’t give up hope just yet. Read more.

How to Get Started

First steps and how to apply.

How to Answer Questions

When first you apply, you will have to either fill out forms or answer questions. Here are some tips for good answers.

How to Greatly Greatly (Greatly!) Improve Your Chances of Getting Approved

This is the most important part. Spend all your time here.

How to Kill Your Social Security Application

The number one way I have seen people veer off course early on

How Long is This Going to Take?

Typical timeline for typical disability application and everything that happens along the way. This timeline is for three years, but if you take steps to improve your application early on, you have hope of making it a whole lot quicker.

How to Make Life a Little Easier

Sleepy Girl tips for a (slightly) easier life

How to Get a Lawyer or How to Not Get a Lawyer

You don’t need a lawyer at the beginning. You can get one if you want one. In most cases, they will not charge you unless you win.

How to Survive Financially While Applying

It’s possible!

How to Stop Waiting

Don’t wait til your disability application is approved. There is lots of other help you could be getting right now.

How to Experience Technical Difficulties

Click here if you run into a problem with your application

How to Make Life Make Sense

Learn more about the disability process and how everything works

How to Wait for a Decision & How to Get a Decision

Some things you can do, and some things that may happen, while you are waiting

How to Appeal

If you are already appealing, you’ve landed on the wrong page! Check this out instead

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