Pre-Application Activities of Social Security Disability Insurance Applicants

Issue Brief
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy
Apr 30, 2014
Todd Honeycutt, Allison Thompkins, and Michelle Bailey


In this brief, we describe the employment and program participation patterns of people with disabilities before they apply for SSDI, adding to the existing literature by focusing on patterns as much as 42 months before application and including a range of programs. A better understanding of the experiences of people immediately before SSDI application can inform policies and programs designed to help potential applicants remain in the workforce and stem growth in the SSDI rolls.