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In order to qualify for disability benefits from social security in America, "individuals must have an impairment, either medical, psychological, or psychiatric in nature, that keeps them from being able to do substantial gainful activity.
An individual is considered disabled for purposes of SSDI eligibility if she or he is incapable of performing any substantial gainful activity due to severe physical or mental impairment that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 consecutive months or to result in death.
Changes documented in the 2010 version of the Red Book include the following: [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] * An increase in the Substantial Gainful Activity amount for individuals with disabilities, other than blindness, from $980 to $1,000 for 2010.
For purposes of the federal law, "disability" is defined as the "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
Both programs require that applicants meet certain medical criteria for disability, which is defined as the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable impairment that can be expected to result in death or to last for 12 continuous months.
 Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act define "disability" as the "inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months [.
About that increase in SGA There is one inaccuracy in your story on the increase in the Social Security Administration's substantial gainful activity amount (SGA).
That meant also that SSI inherited a stringent definition of disability from SSDI, one that emphasized the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity rather than the potential for rehabilitation and one invented for adults rather than for children.