Bored and restless sitting around waiting for Social Security to decide about your case? Here’s a whole bunch of things that should keep you plenty busy:
Take Steps to Improve Your Chances
🌺 The best thing you can be doing
🌺 Other types of help and assistance you can apply for
🌺 Ways to get a faster hearing or faster initial decision
Make Plans for Your Student Loans
🌺 If you have student loans, you have some options. Look into this now, so you don’t have to worry about your backpay being garnished.
Troubleshoot Social Security Problems
🌺 Click here if you run into a problem with your application
Create an online Social Security Account
🌺 Social Security will occasionally send you cryptic messages about the status of your application.
Check How High Your Check Will Be
🌺 If you are curious how high or low your disability check will be
Make a Plan for Financial Survival
🌺 Survival strategies while apply for disability
Escape the Information Black Hole
🌺 If you have questions, and you’re having trouble finding answers
Look Into Different Forms of Disability
🌺 Are you eligible for anything besides Social Security?
If You Don’t Have Enough Work Credits
🌺 SSDI is better than SSI. If you were told you can’t apply for SSDI because you haven’t worked enough, or you waited too long, double check.
🌺 The Post Office will send you daily emails so you can see what mail is coming. Gives you a little something more to obsess about.
🌺 If anything is incorrect or missing, and you correct the problem, your disability check can go up!
If You Can’t Afford Medical Care
🌺 Strategies to get to the doctor.
Sign Up for Housing Waiting Lists
🌺 Learn about options for nice affordable housing
🌺 Wheelchairs, scooters, hospital beds, other things to make your life easier
🌺 In many states, you can apply for home care before getting approved for disability.
SSDI Only: Check Your Date Last Insured
🌺 If you are applying for SSDI, and have not worked recently, you may wish to check your Date Last Insured.
SSI Only: Learn the Rules for Finances and Living Arrangements
🌺 If you are applying for SSI, the way you are living right now can make your backpay check go up or down.
🌺 26 great Facebook groups (Plus a few other things)
Learn About These Ten Life Events that Can Mess Up Your Disability Case
🌺 Better to learn now, then be sorry later.
Read The Sleepy Girl SSA Policy Library
🌺 Things you can read to feel smarter and less confused
This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability. Art on this page by Robin Mead and Elizabeth D’Angelo.