If you are disabled and have been unable to work or have been unable to earn at the substantial level, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance and or Supplemental Security Income. You must be found disabled according to Social Security Administration’s (SSA) guidelines. Medical evidence will be required to substantiate your disability. In addition, you must prove that your disability has impacted your daily living activities and that you are unable to earn substantially at any capacity, due to your medical condition.
To apply for either program you could initiate a claim online or by contacting SSA toll free at 1- 800-772-1213. You will need to complete various forms and you may be required to attend a medical evaluation provided by SSA’s doctors. The application process takes approximately 4-6 months for an initial determination. If found disabled, your benefit will vary depending on your work history and or your living arrangements.
For those seeking work, all of the agencies listed below provide assistance.
If you are experiencing discrimination in employment, contact the human rights office at one of the other agencies listed under General Legal Services and in the Know Your Rights section.