How and Where to Apply for Social Security Disability

Artwork: Robin Mead

You can start your application for Social Security disability online, on paper, on the phone, in person, or through a lawyer. Here’s the low down on how and where to find each of these things.

Tips for Applying and Answering Questions

Seven Ways to Apply

🌷 Apply Online – Most of our readers start their application this way. Here’s where to apply online

🌷Hire a Lawyer: Someone from the lawyer’s office will assist with forms. There is no charge upfront. Find a Disability Lawyer.

🌷Apply In Person: Someone at your local Social Security office will help you with the forms. Hint: Make sure to schedule an appointment. Do not just walk in or you will be waiting the rest of your life. Contact Your Local Social Security Office. Please note: The person you meet with has no power to decide if you are disabled, but they may write down some brief notes with their observations about you and place this in your file. (for example, your ability to sit, stand, walk, talk, fill out forms, etc)

🌷Apply On the Phone: If you are unable to get to your local office, you can request a phone appointment instead. It may be helpful to request this as a disability accommodation. Contact Your Local Social Security Office

🌷 Through SOAR: If you are homeless or at-risk for homelessness, see if there is a SOAR program in your area. Many SOAR programs only work with people who have diagnosis of serious mental illness. Learn About SOAR

🌷 Social Workers: If you have a Social Worker, they may be able to assist you with forms. How to Find a Social Worker


The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability

How Do I Know if I am Eligible to Apply?

Updated July 2018. Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working.

1 thought on “How and Where to Apply for Social Security Disability”

  1. The for this blog. I followed the advice and had favorable results. Really good info on how to complete the questionnaire which was the hardest part for me.


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