A few things you can do while applying for disability that may make your life mildly better.
💥 Check to see if your state has temporary disability or a cash assistance program. How to Get on Disability While Waiting to Get on Disability
💥 If you are unable to get to a doctor, check out: How to Get to the Doctor When You Can’t Get to the Doctor
💥 Many people find it helpful to create an online Social Security account while applying. On this account, they will occasionally post cryptic messages about your application.
💥 It’s a great idea to learn the difference between SSI & SSDI. It will help you feel a lot less confused when you read the rest of this site. Learn the difference here.
💥 If you are able to qualify for a caregiver, that will certainly make life much easier! It may also make it easier for you to have someone assist with scheduling doctor’s appointments, getting to the doctor, mailing things, or making phone calls. How to Get a Caregiver
💥 For financial survival and other assistance, please check out: How to Survive Financially While Applying.
💥 Also look at this list of Other Programs You Can Apply for While Waiting for Disability.
💥 It’s important to check your mail regularly while you are applying. If you are going out of town, or cannot access your mail regularly, you might look into signing up for informed delivery from your post office.
💥 There are several good online programs that will allow you to send faxes cheaply without a fax machine.
💥 If anyone in your life has ever said, “Is there anything I can do to help?” now is the time to give them a call. A friend or family member can be a great help with your application.
💥 Your loved one does not need to have any special training or knowledge. Many people are helped by a friend or family member that will assist with reading this site, filling out forms, making phone calls, collecting medical records, or accompanying you to your Social Security appointment.
💥 If you need transportation, look into free and low-cost paratransit programs in your area.
💥 If you are on Medicaid, you may also be able to get free door-to-door transportation to your doctor’s appointments.
💥 If you are working, please check to see if your employer has a disability insurance policy. If yes, this can definitely make your life way easier! Insurance through your employer can be way quicker than Social Security. There are a few important things to know: How to Apply for Disability through Your Employer
💥 If you are homeless or at risk for being homeless, look into How To Get Help from The Amazing SOAR Program. If there is a SOAR program in your area, they can be a huge help with your disability case. Most SOAR programs require a diagnosis of mental illness and they usually work with initial applications, not appeals.
💥 If you run into any problems with your application, take a look here: How to Experience Technical Difficulties
💥 For inspiration, check out: How Azalea and Willow Got Help While Applying
💥 If you are curious how high or low your disability check will be here’s How Much Money Will I Get if I Am Approved for Disability?
💥 If you have questions, and you’re having trouble finding answers, check out: How to Escape the Information Black Hole
💥 Remember those cryptic messages I mentioned above? Here’s where you can figure out what they mean and other ideas to keep you occupied: How to Wait for a Decision & How to Get a Decision
💥 If you’ve lost track of your application check out: How To Figure Out Where Your Application is & What in the *@!# is Going On
💥 Last but not least (by a long shot), if you can get approved quicker that will certainly make your life easier in the long run: How to Greatly, Greatly (Greatly!) Improve Your Disability Application
Updated March 2017 💥