Social Security Disability is a federal program that provides benefits to disabled people through the Social Security Administration. A disabled person must first apply for benefits at their local social security office. If a person is unable to work due to a medical condition locating your local office is the first step to obtaining benefits. The local office that serves your area can be found at http://www.ssa.gov/ Go to the ” find a Social Security office”at the bottom left and then just fill in your zipcode and they will provide you with the address and phone number of the local Social Security Administartion office that serves your area. You can apply online but it is advisable to call your local office to schedule a time to file the initial application even when you apply onlinme. The local offices can mail you forms and schedule appointments for live applications. The Social Security Administration will not seek you out to give you benefits. You must apply to be eligible. Failing to apply in a timely fashion could result in the loss of valuable benefits. You should follow up on your claim on a weekly basis to ensure your claim is being processed until such time that you have a written receipt for your application. It is helpful to have a list of your previous employers for the 15 years prior to the time that you stopped working. You will need to provide the Social Securuity Administration the name and address of your medical care providers for at least the past 5 years.