This topic contains information about applying for SSA disability benefits. Information is available for both adults, and children, which you can read sequentially or access directly by following the appropriate preceding link.
When an adult applies for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) completes a Disability Report Form for Adults (SSA-3368). It is an important part of your application for disability benefits. The form helps SSA obtain information about your and your medical condition, your health care providers, medications, education, and job skills, and is the key to obtaining medical records. Information you provide on the form helps SSA understand how your age, education, work experience, and medical condition affect your ability to work.
Now you can get tips right over the Internet through a Guide on how to best complete the Form 3368. Just click on any section of the Guide's onscreen form and you'll get a "plain language" explanation of what SSA is looking for, why SSA needs the information, and how your answers help SSA decide if you can get disability benefits. The Guide also has additional tips to help you complete the form. This tool is your key to having the Disability Report Form completed before your appointment.
To take an online look at the Guide, visit:
You can apply for adult disability benefits online by completing the formal application available at:
SSA has packaged several publications together in an Adult Disability Starter Kit. This kit answers common questions about applying for benefits, and includes a worksheet that will help you gather the information you need. See Adult Disability Starter Kit information online at:
To complete a Child Disability Report (SSA-3820) on behalf of a child applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, you need to:
· give SSA information about the child's medical condition, medical records, education, and work history and
· contact Social Security to complete an application for SSI benefits.
The online Child Disability Report will ask for information about the child, the child's medical history, and the child's education and work history. The lists below show the type of information you will need.
· The child's full name, Social Security Number, and date of birth.
· Your (the applicant's) name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address if you have one.
· The name, address, and telephone number of someone else who knows about the child's illnesses, injuries, or conditions (referred to from here on as "condition" or "conditions").
· A description of the child's conditions, including when they began and how they limit the child's daily activities.
· The names, addresses, and telephone numbers for all schools or educational facilities that the child has attended.
· The type of behavioral or learning tests that the child had, and when the test(s) was done.
· A description of the child's last job, if he or she has worked.
· The names, addresses and telephone numbers for all doctors, hospitals, and clinics that the child has seen for his or her conditions, the dates of and reasons for the visits.
· Names of any medical test(s) that the child had, when and where the test was done, and who ordered it.
· Names of each prescription medicine(s) that the child takes and the doctor who prescribed it.
· Names of any non-prescription medicine(s) that the child takes.
For SSA to decide that the child is disabled under Social Security Law, you must give enough information so that SSA can contact the child's doctors and hospitals to get the child's medical records. It is important that you give SSA the names, addresses, and dates of treatment for all the child's doctors and hospitals. You do not have to get the medical records.
You can complete the Child Disability Report online by following the link to it available at:
An internal copy of the child form (SSA-3820) is also available to view or print from the Social Security Administration Forms topic.
SSA has packaged several publications together in an Child Disability Starter Kit. This kit answers common questions about applying for benefits, and includes a worksheet that will help you gather the information you need. See Child Disability Starter Kit information online at:
SSA Disability Determination Process
Flow Of Cases Through The SSA Disability Process
SSA Appeals Process
Information for this topic was drawn from the SSA website at:
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