Joel Roberts has practiced Social Security disability law, either for nonprofit organizations or in the course of his own part-time private practice, since 1998, and has worked for nonprofits as a benefits counselor under the federal BPAO and WIPA grants. He has extensive experience with both the Social Security application and appeals process and benefits counseling for SSDI/SSI beneficiaries who are returning to work. As a person with multiple disabilities (HIV, a visual impairment, and mobility issues due to a foot injury), the disability field is a calling for him rather than just a job. Mr. Roberts moved to San Francisco in 1979 after completing law school at the University of North Carolina and was a legal editor in the field of taxation for Commerce Clearing House and Matthew Bender for 13 years.
Articles By Joel Roberts
Several Social Security programs allow SSDI beneficiaries to try returning to work without jeopardizing their entitlement to Social Security disability benefits.
If you are working in the months before you apply for Social Security, it may not count against you if your work qualifies as an unsuccessful work attempt.
You can sometimes appeal a denial of SSDI benefits even if you have returned to work at the time of the denial if you are within a “trial work period.”
If you are receiving disability benefits through the SSI program and think you may be able to return to work, SSI has numerous incentives and rules to encourage SSI recipients to return to work.
If your disability benefits were stopped because your medical condition improved, you can continue to receive SSDI or SSI benefits while you appeal the cessation of disability benefits.
A felony conviction alone will not keep you from being approved for SSDI or SSI disability benefits (or dependents or survivors Social Security benefits). However, in some cases, your benefits can be suspended during the time you are imprisoned.
Ticket to Work expands the vocational services available to people on SSDI and SSI and provides additional protections to people's disability benefits as incentives for them to attempt to return to work.