VALegalAid.orgVirginia

Disability Benefits

Know Your Rights

  • Social Security Disability

    Social Security is a federal program that pays monthly benefits to aged, blind and disabled people. In some cases, other family members may also be eligible to get benefits off your Social Security account. Social Security benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). One type of benefit available from SSA, for those who qualify, is Social Security Disability. In order to be eligible, you must not only be able to prove you are disabled according to SSA’s definition, but also that you have worked enough to earn it. One way of looking at it is that SSD is similar to an insurance plan, with your past earnings and Social Security deductions from your paychecks being like premiums that you’ve paid for that insurance coverage. Read More

    By:
    Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • U.S. Social Security Administration Website

    Click above to enter the U.S. Social Security Administration's website to get more information about this topic. Content Detail

  • What You Need To Know When You Get Social Security Disability Benefits

    This is a booklet from the Social Security Administration website that explains the rights and responsibilities of those who receive disability benefits from Social Security. Content Detail

  • Social Security Disability/ Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Working While Disabled

    If you are receiving disability benefits, Social Security’s work incentives and Ticket to Work programs can help you if you are interested in working. Special rules make it possible for people receiving Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to work and still receive monthly payments. If you cannot continue working because of your medical condition, your benefits can start again – you may not have to file a new application. Read More

    By:
    Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Senior Citizen's Handbook

    Click above to get more information about this topic from the Senior Citizen Handbook created by the Virginia State Bar. Content Detail

  • The Direct Express® Card: Safer than a Bank Account for your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits

    The Direct Express® card is a debit card you can use to get and spend your Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Affairs (VA), Railroad Retirement or federal pension (OPM) benefits. You don’t need a bank account. With the Direct Express® card, your benefits are deposited directly onto your card in full, on time, every month. You can use the card to make purchases, pay bills or get cash at thousands of locations. And most transactions are free. Content Detail

    By:
    Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • U.S. Social Security Administration Publications

    Click above to go to a listing of publications available on the U.S. Social Security agency's website. Content Detail