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Welcome to the Hearing Guide

Representing yourself at a disability hearing can be difficult and a little scary, so we put together an easy-to-follow guide with videos and checklists to walk you through the process. Follow the six steps below to learn how to prepare for and succeed at your disability hearing.

Tip! Create a personal Social Security file at home and keep it in a safe place. Whenever you get a document from Social Security, put it into this file so you can find it when you need it.

Step 1: Hearing Guide Overview
Step 2: Before You Request a Hearing
Step 3: Requesting a Hearing
Step 4: Prehearing Development
Step 5: The Hearing
Step 6: Understanding Your Decision