For our purposes, a disability means:
You are unable to work
You have a physical or mental disability that can be proven with medical records
Your disability will last at least 12 months or may be fatal
Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI) are paid to people who are both financially in need and disabled. In addition, SSI children's disability benefits are paid to children 18 years old and younger who are disabled and whose parents or guardians are financially in need.
Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) are paid to disabled people who have reasonably stable work histories. Generally, SSD is available if you have been employed five out of the last ten years. Bring a complete list of paperwork, names of doctors, and your medications.