How To Apply For SSI


Supplemental Security Income is the best support program for people with disabilities of any kind. If you are not in a condition to be gainfully employed because of your being physically challenged, you can rely on Supplemental Security Income to provide for most of your life's needs.

Eligibility Criteria
Any citizen of United States who meets either of the three conditions mentioned below can apply for Supplemental Security Income. These are:
* The individual is above 65 years of age
* The individual is blind
* The individual is disabled

  Application through phone
There are a number of ways to apply for Supplemental Security Income. For people with motor disability, this is a great option. In order to start the procedure, you will have call the department toll free on 1-800-772-1213. Calling this number would allow you two options. You will be given the choice to fix an appointment when you can visit the office or have someone visit you and complete the application formalities. You also have the option to complete the entire process over telephone. In either case, you will be given a personal representative.

If you plan to visit the office, you can fix an appointment with the personal representative. At the time of your appointment, you will have to walk in to the office where the representative will sit with you and get all the formalities done, provided of course if you are carrying the papers. If you have motor disability and are therefore unable to commute, you have the option to fix a phone appointment. In this case the personal representative will call you up at the fixed hour and you can get all the formalities completed over the phone itself. In case of people who have hearing disability (people who are deaf or are hard of hearing) there is another number 1-800-325-0778 (TTY).

Applying Online
In some cases you might just not want to visit or call up the social security office. In this case you have the option to apply online. The website where you can apply for Supplemental Security Income is available at http://www.segurosocial.gov. This is the official site of United States Social Security Administration. You can apply for SSI on the site or you can find all the information about social security schemes that will be applicable to you. Additionally the site also provides contact details for any Social Security office that might be located near your home.

Applying in person
There is always the option of applying in person by visiting the local social security office without making any prior phone calls or appointments. While this might not be the best option for people who are physically challenged, if you want to make everything sure personally, this is your only choice. Make sure you check the office time before you visit.