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  • The SSA’s “Blue Book” of Medical Conditions for SSDI

    The "Blue Book" explains in great detail the medical conditions and criteria that the SSA uses to help determine if a person is eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

  • What is Substantial Gainful Activity for SSDI Purposes?

    It's important to remember that while all Substantial Gainful Activity is work, not all work is considered Substantial Gainful Activity, and it takes more than just money into account. We explain it all in detail here.

  • The Use of Vocational Experts at Disability Hearings

    As part of the five-step disability determination process, the Social Security Administration must determine whether you can perform your past work, or adjust to different work in the national economy, given your physical and/or mental conditions.

  • Can You Perform Your Past Relevant Work?

    Step four of Social Security Administrations’s process for determining disability requires that the claimant prove that they cannot perform their “past relevant work,” and there are some important factors to understand about how the SSA makes this determination.

  • What Is a Severe Impairment?

    The heart of the matter is whether or not the applicant can "sustain" their work. In this article, we break down what that means, and provide three examples of common impairments.

  • How does Social Security Determine a Listed Impairment?

    The third step in the SSA's five-step evaluation process asks whether your condition(s) meet or equal a “Listing Impairment.”

How to Access Free or Low Cost Medical Care

The main barrier to accessing appropriate medical treatment for those who are no longer able to work is cost. And medical care - with documentation - is essential to winning a disability claim.

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  • A map of the United States demonstrating what percentage of Americans live with disabilities.

How Disabilities Impact Americans, Part 1

This is the first in a four-part series that looks at how disability affects different types of people in America. These articles go with our in-depth infographic - check it out here, and please feel free to share it. Disabilities can occur in a person for a variety of reasons. In general, they greatly hinder and impact the quality of life for the people who have them. Demographics, social position, and differences in access to [...]

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