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SSDI Income Limits for 2021

The 2021 income limit for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is $1,310 per month for non-blind claimants or $2,190 for blind claimants. Social Security Administration (SSA) considers anyone who earns more than that limit from work or unofficial jobs to be performing a substantial gainful activity (SGA). SSA considers individuals with SGA adequately independent to Read More

Ticket to Work: Training & Career Counseling for People with Disabilities

Ticket to Work is an innovative employment program specifically created to help people with disabilities minimize or stop their dependence on benefit payments. This Social Security Administration (SSA) program provides training, career planning/counseling, job search support, rehabilitation services, and other crucial services to assist individuals with disabilities to resume work or find new employment opportunities. Read More

Impairment-Related Work Expenses in the Spotlight

Impairment-related work expenses (IRWE) are out-of-pocket costs that workers with disabilities incur due to spending money on products and services they need to perform their work duties effectively. Some examples of IRWE include essential medical services and devices, transportation costs, and expenses associated with the acquisition and care of service animals. The Social Security Administration Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Disability Back Pay

Back Pay is unofficial yet commonly used term for Social Security disability benefits that a claimant would have collected had the Social Security Administration (SSA) approved his or her claim right away. The claimant will collect his or her accumulated Back Pay once he or she gets approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Read More

Can I Collect SSDI and SSI Simultaneously?

A disabled person can collect SSDI and SSI benefits concurrently. This often occurs when the Social Security Administration (SSA) approves a disability applicant for SSDI but gives him or her a low monthly payment. A disability applicant may receive a low monthly payment due to the following factors: The applicant hasn’t worked much or at Read More

Disability: the True Cost of COVID19

With the COVID-19 pandemic far into its second year, countries across the world are starting to see its lasting health effects. In March, a UK collaborative group found that 1 in 5 hospitalized COVID-19 patients developed a new disability upon discharge. An extensive US study targeting hospitalized and non-hospitalized individuals found similar effects. Hospitals have Read More

SSDI: What Happens After the Trial Work Period?

Once a disability benefits recipient completes the nine-month trial work period, the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates the recipient’s earnings record to determine if he or she managed to sustain a Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) in that period. In other words, the SSA determines whether the recipient made a gainful living during the trial work Read More

How to Fill Out Your Application for Disability Insurance Benefits

A person who is unable to work because of a disability can apply for disability benefits either online or by completing the SSA-16 paper form. Once the applicant has completed and submitted the form, the Social Security Administration (SSA) takes about three to four months to make a determination. The determination could, however, take much Read More

These Signs Indicate Your SSDI May Be Approved

Signs that indicate an applicant may be approved for SSDI include submitting adequate medical proof, demonstrating an inability to work, and having sufficient work credits. Working with a social security attorney may also increase the odds of the applicant qualifying for disability benefits. Submitting Adequate and Convincing Medical Proof A disability benefits claimant can improve Read More

Over 50 and Applying for SSDI? Special Rules May Apply

Special rules for workers above 50 years consider things like age, education level, work experience, transferable skills, and a variety of other relevant factors when determining whether a worker is eligible for disability benefits. Consequently, workers over 50 can often collect disability benefits even if they are still capable of performing some tasks. Understanding Special Read More