Disability and Public Benefits: SSI, SSDI, SDI

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Basics about all Social Security benefits programs.

Browse through the statewide disability rights advocacy organization's publications, which cover many areas of the law.

The Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Looking for Benefits? Answer questions to find out which government benefits you may be eligible to receive.

Social Security work incentives at a glance. How your earnings affect your Social Security benefits.

Who to contact to apply or to appeal a decision.

The State of California administers the State Disability Insurance program, commonly referred to as SDI. It is a public disability insurance program that pays a benefit every other week.

Information about family law for domestic partners.

Information on Social Security Disability benefits and SSI Benefits for individuals who are blind or have low vision.

If you are homeless, you have rights applying for benefits.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

Request online a review of their decision.

BEST helps you find out if you could get benefits that Social Security administers.

Coverage, file a claim, online registration, and contact info.

American Sign Language (ASL) with English Captioning.

Details about SDI major eligibility requirements.

Requirements and laws if they are illegally uninsured.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

How to navigate issues with public and social benefits systems.

Sometimes, the best way to evade an abuser and reduce the risk of further violence may be to relocate and establish a new identity. Following these changes, getting a new Social Security number may also be helpful.

Every person has the right to be represented by an attorney or other representative while pursuing a claim or other rights under titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act.

The application process and how incarceration affects your benefits.

The Disability Insurance (DI) program provides benefits to workers who are unable to work due to non work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy.

How denials, appeals, and hearings are handled.

Payments are quicker for presumptive disability (PD) or presumptive blindness (PB).