Disability and Public Benefits: SSI, SSDI, SDI

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Most Frequently Viewed Resources

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

The Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Coverage, file a claim, online registration, and contact info.

How to apply for SSI and how to appeal rejection.

The Disability Insurance (DI) program provides benefits to workers who are unable to work due to non work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

Browse through the statewide disability rights advocacy organization's publications, which cover many areas of the law.

The application process and how incarceration affects your benefits.

Details about SDI major eligibility requirements.

Every person has the right to be represented by an attorney or other representative while pursuing a claim or other rights under titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

How denials, appeals, and hearings are handled.

Basics about all Social Security benefits programs.

Social Security work incentives at a glance. How your earnings affect your Social Security benefits.

Sometimes, the best way to evade an abuser and reduce the risk of further violence may be to relocate and establish a new identity. Following these changes, getting a new Social Security number may also be helpful.

American Sign Language (ASL) with English Captioning.

If you are homeless, you have rights applying for benefits.

BEST helps you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers.

The State of California administers the State Disability Insurance program, commonly referred to as SDI. It is a public disability insurance program that pays a benefit every other week.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Payments are quicker for presumptive disability (PD) or presumptive blindness (PB).

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Request online a review of their decision.

Requirements and laws if they are illegally uninsured.

Information on Social Security Disability benefits and SSI Benefits for individuals who are blind or have low vision.