Each month, on the same day of the month, you will receive a check in a set amount. This money can arrive in your mailbox as a check or can be deposited directly to you bank account. This income is usually sufficient to allow the disabled person to live a modest or better lifestyle without having to worry about trying to work with their disability - and the heart break of losing another job because you aren't able to work in a normal work setting.

If you are a young person who receives disability income, you may be provided a free education to allow you to learn to earn in a field that you can perform with your disability. However, many disabilities prevent this possibility from being considered; frequently mental disorder and severe physical disorders simply can't work in the workplace. But if you are in an accident or have a disability that, with training, would allow you to make a lucrative living, you can have that opportunity. The entire time during training and for a year afterward, you will continue to receive your SSDI payments. For example, if you were a steel worker who became disabled and could no longer climb ladders, you might be offered the option to train as a structural engineer if your specific situation does not prohibit your ability to work in that function once you are properly trained and educated. Sometimes people end up using this caveat and making more after disability than they ever made before!

There is no reason that you have to fear loss of dignity and loss of the security of having a home. You worked to get disability benefits by paying into the system and, if you are disabled, you have the right to enjoy those benefits.