How to Get on Disability in Texas

Disabled Texans may apply for two disability benefits programs.
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The Division of Disability Determination Services (DDS), part of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, works jointly with the Social Security Administration to determine benefit eligibility for disabled Texas residents. Two federal programs offer benefits to persons with disabilities who meet medical requirements: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI pays benefits to disabled persons who meet work requirements and have paid Social Security taxes. SSI pays benefits to disabled persons with limited income and resources. Under certain circumstances, both benefits may be received concurrently. Though the two programs differ, Texas residents apply for either type of assistance though the Social Security Administration.

Social Security Disability Insurance

Step 1

Go to the Social Security website (ssa.gov). Click the "Disability" tab at the top of the page. Check to determine if you qualify for SSDI benefits. Then click "Review the Adult Disability Checklist" to view the information needed to complete the application.

Step 2

Return to the Disability home page to begin the application. Click Step 2: "Complete the Disability Benefit Application." Go to the Start the Application section on the right side of the page. Check the appropriate circles, then click "Apply for Benefits" to complete the application form. Click "Accessibility Help" at any time during the process for assistance completing the form.

Step 3

Click "Adult Disability Report Form" in Step 3 under Apply for Disability Benefits on the Disability home page. Read the instructions. Mark the Privacy Act Statement box and click "Start Report." Follow the prompts. This form is required.

Step 4

Go to the Disability home page and type "Authorization to Disclose Information form SSA-827" in the right, top-corner search box and click "Go". Next click "Form SSA-827" at the top of the list. Then click "Form SSA-827" in blue letters. Print, sign and date the form. Mail or hand-deliver it to your local Social Security office.

Supplemental Security Income

Step 1

Go to the Social Security Administration website and click the "SSI" tab at the top of the page. Read the SSI explanation to determine if you qualify for benefits.

Step 2

Complete the appropriate Disability Report. If filing for a disabled adult, click "Apply for an Adult," read the instructions, check the Privacy Act Statement box and click "Start Report." If filing for a disabled child, click "Apply for a Child," read the instructions and click on Step 3: "FILL OUT the online Child Disability Report" in blue letters. Click "Start the Report" to begin the process.

Step 3

Call your local Social Security office to make an appointment to complete the remainder of the SSI application process. The entire process may be completed off-line by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting your local Social Security office.

Tip

If you are unable to access forms or apply for benefits online, visit your local Social Security office or call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to speak to an agent. Request an appointment for application completion assistance.

Texas residents may contact The Division of Disability Services with any questions regarding claims. Mailing address: DARS Division of Disability Services P.O. Box 149198 Austin, TX 78714-9198 Telephone: 1-512-437-8000 1-800-252-7009

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