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 what you can apply for and how and where to find each of these things.
Where and How Do I Apply?
🌷 Apply Online – Most of our readers start their application this way. Make sure to print and keep the confirmation page as proof that you submitted an application.
🌷 Hire a Lawyer – Someone from the lawyer’s office will assist with forms. There is no charge upfront.
🌷 Apply in Person: Someone at your local Social Security office will help you with the forms. Hint: Contact your local office to schedule an appointment. Do not just walk in or you will be waiting the rest of your life.
🌷 Apply on the Phone: If you are unable to get to your local office, you can request to schedule a phone appointment instead.
🌷 Apply through SOAR: If you are homeless or at-risk for homelessness, and have a diagnosis of serious mental illness, see if there is a SOAR program in your area. They are excellent (and free!)
🌷 Find a Social Worker: If you have a Social Worker, they may be able to assist you with forms.
🌷 Tricky Questions – Tricky questions you may be asked when you first apply.
🌷 Social Security Checklist – Booklet from the Social Security Administration.
🌷 Free Samples – Sample completed Social Security forms and applications.
Some people feel nervous before calling or meeting a Social Security worker. It may be helpful to know that anyone you meet or speak with at your local Social Security office will not be involved in deciding if you are disabled. They are just there to help with paperwork.
The person who makes the decision works in a different building, usually in a different part of the state, sometimes in another state entirely!
There are rumors that some local staff people may make a short note in your file about how you look or act during the meeting. However, according to Magnolia this is rare and she’s never actually seen such a note.
🌷 This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability
🌷 Page Updated: 7/1/19
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