Social Security Disability Benefits
You can apply for Social Security disability benefits either:
Before you apply, you should read one of the Disability Starter Kits developed by Social Security.
The Application Process
How DDS Determines Disability
If you do not have transportation to the special exam, dial 2-1-1 (from anywhere in Vermont) and request a list of the medical transportation options in your community. You can also search the Vermont 2-1-1 website.
How to Appeal a Determination
If you disagree with the determination, you must request that your case be reconsidered within 60 days from the day you receive the letter informing you of the decision. You will be asked to fill out some more forms—about any changes in your condition and any new medical treatment.
Some of the reasons to request reconsideration are:
Here's how to request an appeal:
The reconsideration case is returned to Disability Determination Services where it is handled by a different examiner and medical consultant. Evidence from the original decision and any new evidence is considered. Once again medical evidence is obtained, and an independent decision is made.