For the purpose of social security disability (SSD), you are considered to be disabled if

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

Parkinson’s disease is a covered disability assuming you meet the above requirements.

Qualifying

There is a three-step process when determining if someone with Parkinson’s disease qualifies for SSDI:

  • Determine if an individual is working according to the SSA definition. Earning more than $1,000 a month as an employee is enough to be disqualified from receiving benefits.
  • Conclude the Parkinson’s disease disability must be severe enough to significantly limit one’s ability to perform basic work activities needed to do most jobs.
  • Parkinson’s is listed under the category of impairments known as neurological. If the following criteria are met, an individual is found to be disabled: significant rigidity, bradykinesia, or tremor in two extremities, which, singly or in combination, result in disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station.

Know your SSD benefits

Visit the U.S. government website for information about social security disability.

Click here to read about what you need to know about the benefits you are receiving under SSD.

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Other Types of Financial Assistance

If you do not qualify for Social Security Disability, there are more options. Use the links to the right to explore other programs that may be available for financial assistance.