In evaluating whether you are disabled, DDS, the disability determination branch of the Social Security Administration (SSA), will first look to whether you are currently working. If you are working part-time, you won't necessarily be denied disability benefits, but working full time guarantees that you'll be denied benefits. Here's why.
Many disability applicants do some amount of work after filing for disability or becoming disabled, since it often takes months or even years to get a disability approval, and they have no other way of making ends meet. Sometimes this work can cause a problem with getting benefits, sometimes not.
You can work part time while you apply for Social Security disability benefits as long as your earnings don't exceed a certain amount set by the SSA each year. If you earn more than this amount, called the "substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit, Social Security assumes you can do a substantial amount of work and you won't be eligible for disability benefits.
Sheltered work is work done by people with disabilities under special supervision. This work is performed at "sheltered workshops," which are sometimes referred to as work centers. Sheltered work often pays below minimum wage (legally) and is geared towards providing disabled people with the basic skills needed to work in the general economy.
In the realm of Social Security disability, an unsuccessful work attempt is a term used by disability lawyers and the Social Security Administration (SSA) as an "excuse" for why an applicant was working if he or she was applying for Social Security disability.
What Will Happen If I Draw Disability Benefits, Work, and do not tell Social Security? Depending on an individual's circumstances, it may seem worth it at first glance, but Social Security will eventually find out about