SSI: The Questions Which Are Asked To Determine Whether You Are Disabled
An office of the state in which you reside determines whether you are "disabled." The office is generally referred to as DDS.
The rules for determining disability are different from the disability rules in other government and private programs. However, a decision made by another agency and the medical reports it obtains may be considered in determining whether you are disabled under Social Security rules.
Each DDS office asks five questions in the following order:
- Are you working?
- Is there a medical problem that impacts your ability to work to any degree?
- Is your condition found in the list of disabling impairments?
- Can you do the work you did previously?
- Is there another type of work that you can do?
There are special rules for Blindness.