Discussion Forum
A place for registered ACHA members to discuss issues with other members of the ACHA community and provide and receive support.

Applying: Are You Ready?

Apply online, by telephone, or in-person:


  • Include all diagnoses that you have. If your condition is included in the Compassionate Allowances Listings (CAL), use a diagnosis that is recognized by the SSA.
  • Write down how your daily life and your ability to work are affected.
  • Don’t exaggerate, but don’t understate.
  • Include copies of all of your medical records and a summary letter from your doctor when you submit your application.
  • Double check before hitting "submit” or turning application in.
  • Ask for a copy of what is submitted if you apply in-person on by telephone.