Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI, is a program that provides payments to people who are forced out of the workforce because of a disability. In order to qualify you must have worked in the past and paid taxes on your salary.  

If you're initially denied don't worry! Many people get denied on their first try and can appeal with the help of a disability lawyer or advocate. 

To apply

There are a couple different ways you can apply for SSDI:

  • Online at the Social Security website
  • Over the phone at 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • In person at your local Anchorage Social Security office (Room A11 at 222 W 8TH Ave)

What you need

  • Birth certificate (or proof of birth)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status
  • U.S. military discharge paper(s) if you had military service before 1968
  • W-2 forms(s) and/or self-employment tax returns for last year
  • Any medical documentation you already have about your disability 
  • Proof of any temporary or permanent workers' compensation-type benefits you received


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