• Welcome to Disability Determination Services

    Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the State Agency that makes the disability decisions for Social Security. When Social Security added protection for the disabled in 1954, the Congress wrote into the law that the disability decision had to be made by a State Agency and not by a federal office. Social Security pays the State to run the office and make the decision. The DDS has nothing to do with the application process, any other eligibility determination, nor the determination or calculation of benefits.