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Social Security and Disability Benefits

Being sick or impaired is not enough to qualify for Social Security Disability. Under the Social Security Act, whether you are seeking disability or Supplemental Security Income, “disability” means you are not able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) that is either:

  • Expected to result in death.
  • Has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months.

Substantial gainful activity is work that involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. For work activity to be substantial. For non-blind individuals, it is substantial in 2022 if you earn more than $1,350 per month. The limit is higher for those who are blind.

This webinar provides an overview of the Social Security program and disability benefits.


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