In the Social Security disability process there are basically two decision-makers. The first is what’s called DDS or Disability Determination Services and early on in the application process they can make a decision as to whether or not you’re disabled. Later on at the hearing level at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review which is called ODAR an administrative law judge will actually hold a hearing and decide whether or not you’re disabled.
Who decides if I am disabled?
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