How to Fill Out Forms and Answer Questions for Social Security Disability


Robin Mead

From time to time, Social Security will contact you and ask you some questions.

This can happen when you are applying or appealing or after you are approved or in the years to come.

You may be asked questions by Social Security or by your lawyer or representative or on forms you need to fill out. What will they ask? And what will you answer?

Below are some tips, sample completed forms, and ideas for answering interview questions.


You can apply online, on paper, in person, on the phone or through a lawyer. Tips and ideas for answering questions:


You may be contacted for an SSI financial interview. If you applied in person, you have already done this. Sometimes they do not do this interview now, but wait until after you are approved


You will be sent these forms sometime in the next six months. Tips and ideas for answering questions:


Some states have a short stage called “Reconsideration” which comes after initial applications and before hearing appeals. Some states don’t have this.



They may contact you to set up an interview for one, two, or three things:


Every so often you will be sent some of these:


It is possible that at some point you will be contacted and asked to call Social Security or visit the local office. There are different reasons this may happen:

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8 thoughts on “How to Fill Out Forms and Answer Questions for Social Security Disability”

  1. With ALL of the difficulties we face, I’m sooo excited to [FINALLY] find a resource pertaining to filing (& getting qualified!) for DISABILITY with an EDS diagnosis!! Anyone going through the process of applying for SSI/SSDI *KNOWS* how difficult & overwhelming it isI hope you find this as helpful as I am


  2. Please ignore my question. SSA just called and they want to talk to us as guardians. They asked for guardianship papers from court which we have. SSI application is still open.


    1. great. it may help to take a look at the link above as well. many parents run into problems because they do not know the rules about rent and living arrangements.


  3. Hi, we applied online for SSI for our autistic son who turned out 18 on in mid May-2018. We used the followng website:
    Yesterday we received a letter from SSA informing us that our son was denied SSDI benefits. We are confused. Our intention was to apply for SSI not SSDI. What next step should we take?


  4. Hello – Thank you for all the helpful info. I’ve been studying all of it because my son is about to turn 18 and I was going to help him apply for SSI. However, I just read that SSI considers you a child if you are still in school and are 22 and younger. Because of his disability he will remain in High School until he is 21, so does this mean SSI will look at our income to determine his eligibility? I was all set to start charging him rent for his room so he could establish is “own household” now that he will be 18, but it looks to me like we should be holding off until he is 21. Am I correct? Any help you could give me would greatly appreciated!


    1. Hi Kathy,

      To the best of my knowledge, for SSI, he is considered an adult at age 18.

      You may be seeing the regs for dependent benefits, which is something different.

      For SSI, they will not count your income if he is 18.

      Sounds like you have been doing good research. I hope it goes great for you and your son. ❤


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