Canadians Has anyone applied for disability??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by swiss, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. swiss

    swiss New Member

    I am thinking of applying for disabiity in Ontario ( I am finally beginning to accept that I will not be able to work). I have heard that it is very difficult to be approved. Any ideas?

    Michele
  2. pepper

    pepper New Member

    There are lots of Canadians on here who have applied for and been granted disability, me among them. There are lots of tips here and suggestions for web sites to give you more tips. Type in "disability" or "CPP" or "SSD" in the search feature above and you will get lots of info.

    What type of disability are you applying for? LTD from your place of employment? CCP? Ontario Disability?

    For all disability applications, I suggest you do the following:

    - keep track of your activities on a daily basis for a few weeks; then come up with an "average day" (You may already know this. Then you can say "On an average day, I can do ...." "On my worst days, I am only able to do ....."

    - keep track of all your doctor's appointments and the results of them, even if it is only a few words;

    - document every phone call and letter or form you fill out; make sure you get the names (and employee #s if they have them) of every person you talk to, date and time of the conversation and what was discussed

    - be very specific in your statements

    - do not put a rosy glow on your situation; at the same time be completely honest - disability insurers have investigators that may follow you; I was followed a number of times

    There is lots more but I can't think of it right now. Just know that there is disability out there for you if you need it!

    Ask questions. There are lots of us here who have been through this.
    Pepper
  3. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    I have been receiving CPP Disability for 5 years. If you have been working, you are eligible to apply for the CPP disablilty. You will need the support of your doctor and any specialists you have seen. I agree with pepper; do a search and then ask your questions. It does take some thought and preparation.
    The one thing I would say now is that if you think you need disability, please apply for it. Don't make yourself worse by continuing in an untenable situation.

    Kathy
  4. pepper

    pepper New Member

    that it takes a long time for your application to be processed. It took mine about 6 months. So apply as soon as you know that you are going to be asking for it.

    And don't give up! They count on people giving up if they are refused on the first try.

    Pepper