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Social Security’s mission includes helping to sustain workers and their families when a debilitating illness or injury strikes. If you are facing the financial strain and personal stress of a potential loss of livelihood due to disability, let the AARP Social Security Resource Center start you toward an informed decision about your benefit options. This section provides basics on:
Q: How to apply for Social Security disability
Q: What conditions make you eligible for a fast-track decision on Social Security benefits?
Q: Who is eligible for SSI?
Q: I qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Should I use an attorney to apply?
Q: How do I apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Q: Will my Social Security disability benefits change when I reach retirement age?
Q: Can you switch from Social Security retirement benefits to disability benefits?
Q: I started collecting Social Security disability at age 58. Can I also collect Social Security retirement when I am 62?
Q: Will my disability benefit go up if my disability gets worse?
Q: Is my disabled child eligible for Social Security benefits?
Q: I am receiving Social Security disability benefits. Is my wife eligible for spousal benefits?
Q: I am disabled but do not have enough work credits to claim SSDI benefits. Can I claim disability benefits on my spouse's record?
Q: Can you work part time on Social Security disability?
Q: I receive Social Security disability payments. Can I withdraw funds from my 401(k) without penalty?
Q: How can I appeal a decision by the Social Security Administration?
Q: How long does it take to get a hearing with Social Security to appeal a decision?
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