A disability is referred to as any physical or mental condition that makes it harder for a person to undertake particular tasks, or interact with the environment around them. The Social Security Administration determines if you are eligible for disability benefits by referencing its “Blue Book” of disabilities. This book helps the administration match your disability to what they have defined on record, which helps determine if you qualify or not.

Below you will find more information about certain disabilities classified by type, as well as guidance around if a disability typically qualifies for benefits.

Disability Types

Cardiovascular System

Conditions related to the heart, such as aneurysm, blood clots, and chronic heart failure.

Cancer (Malignant Neoplastic Diseases)

Types of cancer such as breast cancer, lymphoma, and pancreatic cancer.

Digestive System

Conditions related to the digestive system, such as Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Endocrine System

Conditions related to the endocrine system, such as diabetes, pancreatitis, and thyroid gland disorders.

Genitourinary Impairments

Conditions related to both the reproductive organs and urinary system, such as diabetic nephropathy, kidney disease, and obstructive uropathy.

Hematological Disorders

Conditions related to the blood, such as chronic anemia, deep vein thrombosis, and sickle cell disease

Immune System Disorders

Conditions related to the immune system, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV, and Raynaud’s disease.

Mental Disorders

Conditions related to the brain, such as autism, PTSD, and schizophrenia.

Multiple Body System Impairments

Conditions that impair multiple body systems, such as caudal regression syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, and Reye’s syndrome.

Musculoskeletal System

Conditions related to muscular and skeletal system, such as degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and scoliosis.

Neurological Disorders

Conditions related to the nervous system, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Respiratory System

Conditions related to the respiratory system, such as asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.

Skin Disorders

Conditions related to the skin, such as cellulitis, dermatitis, and shingles.

Special Senses & Speech

Conditions related to hearing and sight, such as macular degeneration, loss of hearing, and loss of vision.