November 6, 2017

We Call It SSDI 101, But It’s So Much More

By Leia of Allsup

Before I started at Allsup nearly eight years ago, I didn’t know much about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). I didn’t have any relatives or friends who applied for disability benefits, so I was in for a rude awakening on how complex this topic was.

Often people don’t know where to begin when they have been diagnosed with a severe health condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer. They may not even see themselves as having a disability because it’s so abrupt and life-changing.

Additionally, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding SSDI, which is why we created “SSDI101: The Path To Benefits,” located at

We took our 30+ years of experience and the questions we most often receive and answered them all in one place.

We start by explaining what SSDI is, who may qualify and how you receive it. One of my favorite features is the monthly disability income calculator. You can select the year you were born and your average annual income, and it provides you with an estimated monthly payment.

In addition, you can see the most common types of disabilities among former workers receiving Social Security disability. There’s also a glossary of key terms—helpful for navigating the disability maze.

Another important section explains how long the SSDI application and appeals process takes. Getting approved for SSDI can take a very long time and hiring an SSDI representative can help speed up this process and make it go more smoothly.

If you have questions about SSDI, I encourage you to visit

There you can download a free worksheet to help you gather the details you’ll need when you’re ready to apply for disability benefits.

I hope SSDI101 has the answers you’re looking for. If it doesn’t, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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