Disability Job Search Assistance

If are looking to apply for Social Security disability assistance, there are several steps you will need to take. The following outlines the resources available to apply for and access these benefits including eligibility, availability and how to apply.

Who is eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits

  • If you are a disabled worker and are "insured," meaning you have enough work credits and paid Social Security taxes.
  • If you are a disabled widow or widower between 50 and 60 years of age and your deceased spouse earned enough credits to become "insured."
  • If you became disabled before age 22 and either of your parents is deceased or disabled, and earned enough credits to become "insured."

What benefits are available to you?

You may qualify for Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) payments if you are disabled and meet financial requirements. For 2013, maximum SSI payment include a monthly maximum of $710 for an eligible individual, $1,066 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $356 for an essential person.

How can you apply?

  • You can apply for disability benefits online using SSA Online Services.
  • If you need to apply in person, contact your local Social Security Office via the SSA Office Locator or by phone at 1-800-772-1213

What do you need before applying?

  • Dates of marriages and divorces.
  • Names and dates of birth of your minor children and your spouse.
  • Military Service discharge information (Form DD 214) for all periods of active duty.
  • W-2 Form (or your IRS 1040 and Schedules C and SE if self-employed) from last year.
  • Checking or savings account number and bank routing number, if you want Direct Deposit for your benefit checks.