There are two types of benefits paid based upon disability. The first, called SSD, depends on your employment and earnings history and is based on tax contributions you have made. The second kind, called Supplemental Security Income (SSI), requires only disability. There is no requirement that you have an employment history. The rules for entitlement to these different types of benefits as well as the amount of benefits differ, but you must prove disability from working in substantial gainful activity to be entitled to either benefit.
Is there more than one kind of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit available?
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