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What conditions does Social Security consider a disability?

Having a disability could qualify you for benefits through the Social Security Administration.

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The SSA however, has their own definition of a qualifying disability.

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What counts as a disability?

Social Security payments cover more than seniors, benefits are also available to people with disabilities. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) could help you, but each has different requirements. Read more about it here.

SSI is usually easier to get. It is designed to help seniors and people with disabilities financially if they have a limited income. You can get both payments but you’ll have to meet the eligibility requirements for both.

In order to qualify for SSDI, you must be registered as disabled and have certain work history requirements. Working family members, like a parent or spouse, can be used to satisfy the requirement, making it difficult for many.

It is also required that your disability prevents you from working for at least 5 months, for most conditions other than ALS.

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What conditions qualify?

Some conditions include:

For more information, click on the link associated with the condition in question.

What if my condition isn’t listed?

This list is not exhaustive. That means that you could potentially qualify for SSI or SSDI even if your disorder isn’t listed above.

However, you may have to make a case to the Social Security Administration to prove that your illness/ symptoms are severe enough to impact your daily function.

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