Assistance for People with Disabilities
Disability Determination Services
Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the state agency that makes the disability decisions for Social Security.
Social Security has two disability programs - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). There are some differences and some similarities in the two programs. The definition of medical disability is the same under both programs.
When you apply for either program, we will collect medical and other information from you and make a decision about whether or not you meet Social Security's definition of disability.