Welcome to the Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability, a self-advocacy disability guide for Spoonies.
This guide is designed for anyone who is homebound and for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, POTS, or other invisible illnesses.
However, most everything in this guide would work for most everyone with any condition.
If you are too sick to continue working, applying for disability may be one of the most important things you can do to help yourself. It can bring you stability, medical treatment, and the ability to take care of yourself.
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.
Many of our readers have taken super smart steps that have helped them get approved, sometimes the very first time they applied. These brilliant and kind-hearted people have shared all their great stories and ideas below.
A lot people get discouraged when they apply for disability, because they feel it is random or impossible, or because they know someone who was very ill and did not get approved.
Here’s what we can tell you and here’s the most important thing you need to know:
People do not get approved for disability based on how sick they are. People get approved based on how well their illness and limitations are documented, and how strong and complete their Social Security file is. That is really unfair, but it is also really true.
Luckily, you can make your Social Security file really great and give them everything they need to make the right decision. Reading more and learning more and taking more steps is the best possible thing you could be doing right now. Welcome.
Before You Apply
After You First Apply
Request for Reconsideration (Not in all states)
Appeals and Hearings
After Your Hearing
How to Greatly Greatly (Greatly!) Improve Your Application
How to Kill Your Application
At the Doctors
Things to Give Your Doc
Learn from The Pros
You Did It!
What Else Can I Apply For?