What is Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI?

Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI is a federal program which provides monthly cash payments to people who are disabled workers, their husband, wife or children, a disabled widow or widower, and adult children with disabilities who are 18 years or older and became disabled before the age of 22.


To apply for SSDI, you must complete an official Social Security Administration form. You can go in to your local Social Security Administration office and ask for the form. To find out the phone number or location of your local office, you can call 1-800-772-1213. The Social Security Administration will not mail a blank form to you. You, your parent advocate or guardian, your children, or any other interested person can apply for SSDI on your behalf. The Social Security Administration can also help you apply.


You will need the following information when you apply for SSDI:


  • your Social Security number or card;
  • medical reports, hospital reports or doctor’s letter. You may be asked to sign a medical release so that the Social Security Administration can review additional medical or educational records;
  • a list of all of your doctors, hospitals, and medications; and
  • a list of all of your jobs, with dates of employment, your employers, address and phone numbers, and a description of your job duties.


You should apply even if you don’t have all of this information. The Social Security Administration will help you get the information you are missing.


If you have questions about applying for SSDI, you can call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or visit them online at www.ssa.gov. You can also contact The Arc at 734-729-9100.

Phone code: 1310

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