The complete guide to understanding-and benefiting from-the Social Security disability system Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is an essential book for anyone dealing with a long-term or permanent disability. Written both for first-time applicants and existing recipients of Social Security disability, the book demystifies the program and tells you everything you need to know about qualifying and applying for benefits, maintaining your benefits and appealing the denial of a claim. This comprehensive guide also explains: what Social Security disability is what benefits are available to disabled children how to prove a disability how age, education and work experience affect benefits whether or not one can work while receiving benefits how to appeal a denial of benefits how to respond to a Continuing Disability Review and much more This step-by-step guidance allows you to match medical details of your disability to the SSA regulations that will qualify you for benefits and shows how to apply for those benefits. Additionally, the author's background in medicine gives him the distinct ability to decipher the medical portions of the SSA regulations as no one but a doctor could. The 5th edition contains: new and updated descriptions of SSA regulations governing immune and digestive system disorders; updated information on the "ticket-to-work" program (which provides new training and opportunities for disabled workers); the latest new SSA forms and instructions (with sample filled-in forms throughout), plus updated figures, fees, and contact information.