Applying for Disability

With quick diagnosis and early, aggressive treatment, the hope is that people with RA won’t experience the disability that was so common in the recent past.  Unfortunately, early diagnosis doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should.  There will still be those who find themselves unable to work as a direct result of illness.

I recently received a letter from Tracy at Virginia Web Media:


I’d like to recommend a helpful resource for the links section of your site…

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center ( is an informational website that provides answers to questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants. The site’s author is a former disability examiner for the social security administration.

Here is a link to the site’s home page:

This page has information about qualifying for disability benefits:

Thanks in advance for considering adding a link to on your site.

A quick tour of the website looked promising, and my firewall didn’t throw up any red flags, so I’m passing Tracy’s information even though I recognize it as a request for free advertising.

Obviously, the place to start when looking for information about either temporary or permanent disability is the Social Security Administration’s website.  They have a page about Disability Programs and a page with information for those who want to Apply.

If you want addition sites with disability information, a quick web search provides a plethora of links that I hope you will never need.


3 thoughts on “Applying for Disability

  1. Socks: Thanks for posting this information. I think a lot of us have wondered if we qualify and what to do about it to get assistance. Once recent article that appeared in the Dallas area discussed the fact that many people don’t realize that they can use counsel (i.e., lawyers) from the very beginning of the process. Many people don’t engage counsel until their claim is denied, but the probability of getting their claim approved increases dramatically with professional help. It shouldn’t be that complicated, but the process and the documentation can be daunting, so thinking about whether you need some extra legal advice is something to consider. If it can save you from having your claim denied, it could be a wise investment.

    • Definitely. It’s sad that so many claims are denied. It can take years for all the paperwork to be processed. People end up losing their homes while working their way through government red tape. Anyone applying for disability should talk with a lawyer who specializes in that field.

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