Forms for Applying for Disability

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While the idea of making an application to a large government entity may be daunting, the Social Security Administration has made dramatic strides in simplifying and streamlining the process of applying for disability benefits. You have the choice of methods including applying online, or downloading paper forms to complete at home, or having an official complete an application for you during a visit to your local Social Security office. Whichever way works best for you, you'll be dealing with the same three forms.

Disability Benefit Application

The Disability Benefit Application requires your name, personal information, financial details, prior work history, family information, the reason for your disability, when your disability began and why you feel you need Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. This application can only be completed online or in-person at a Social Security office.

Adult Disability Report

Form SSA-368, Adult Disability Report, supports your primary application. It asks you to give detailed information on your medical condition and history. You will need to know your disability time line, the treatments you have undergone and the diagnoses you have received. The Adult Disability Report can be completed online, or at home by downloading and printing the form from the Social Security Administration website.

Authorization to Disclose Information

To make a determination on your application, the Social Security Administration, assisted by your state's disability determination service, will need to talk to your doctors and other care providers. They may request medical records, and under the Health Care Portability and Accountability Act, they will need your clearance to review them. Form SSA-827, Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Information, allows Social Security to complete due diligence in reviewing your case. This form can only be downloaded and signed at home, or completed at a Social Security office.


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Eric Feigenbaum started his career in print journalism, becoming editor-in-chief of "The Daily" of the University of Washington during college and afterward working at two major newspapers. He later did many print and Web projects including re-brandings for major companies and catalog production.

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