Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

If you live with Parkinson’s disease, are below 65 years of age and are unable to work due to your Parkinson’s disease and/or other condition, you might be entitled to SSDI benefits. These are income supplements for people whose employment is limited due to a disability. Read more about SSDI or call 1-800-772-1213 to learn more.


Parkinson’s disease and the Blue Book

Whenever the SSA receives an application for disability benefits, they will compare your medical records and test results to their own guide known as the Blue Book. The Blue Book lists hundreds of conditions that are potentially disabling, as well as the test results or symptoms you’ll need to be approved for benefits.

Parkinson’s disease is listed under Section 11.06 of the SSA’s Blue Book —Parkinsonian syndrome. To qualify under this listing, you will need to show that you experience at least one of the following symptoms in two extremities:

  • Rigidity
  • Slowness of movement
  • Tremors


These symptoms need to be severe enough to affect one of the following:

  • Your ability to perform dexterous movements, such as typing on a computer
  • Your ability to walk
  • Your ability to stand upright

You can apply online at

If you are denied, get an attorney to help you appeal,  You will pay only if you win.


More resources


Social Security Administration booklet