Example 1: AOD after non-blind DLI
Mr. Norah alleges a visual impairment along with a few other conditions. His alleged
onset date (AOD) is 07/15/2012, and his non-blind DLI is 12/31/2010. You verify his
insured status under the blind requirements and his blind DLI is 12/31/2023. Although
Mr. Norah does not meet insured status as of his AOD based on the non-blind DLI, he
meets insured status under the blind requirements. Provide DDS with the blind DLI
and forward the claim to DDS for a blind determination.
Example 2: AOD before Non-Blind DLI
On 09/20/2012, Ms. Wright files a disability application based on blindness with an
onset date of 08/01/2009. Her non-blind DLI is 06/30/2012, and her blind DLI is 04/01/2020.
In this example, because the non-blind DLI is before the filing date DDS needs to
know both the non-blind and blind DLI. If DDS cannot establish onset prior to the
non-blind DLI, DDS may establish onset using the blind DLI. Provide DDS with both
DLIs and forward the claim for a medical determination.
Example 3: Claimant working above non-blind SGA guidelines
Mrs. Kim alleges vision loss that began 02/23/2012 and is getting progressively worse.
Her non-blind DLI is 04/01/2016, and her blind DLI is 09/30/2021. She works part-time
and earns $1300 per month. Since her earnings are above the non-blind substantial
gainful activity (SGA) amounts for 2013 but below the blind SGA amounts, forward the
case to DDS and request a blind determination. Provide the non-blind DLI. The blind
DLI is not material to establish an onset date as she meets insured status into the
future based on the non-blind requirements.
Example 4: AOD before non-blind and blind DFI
Mr. Johnson alleges blindness as of birth, 08/12/1970. His non-blind insured period
is 04/01/2000 through 06/30/2016, and his blind insured period is 01/01/1998 through
12/31/2024. In this example, the AOD is before the blind and non-blind DFI. Therefore,
the blind DFI is material. Provide the DDS with the blind DFI.
Example 5: Non-blind DLI prior to filing date
Ms. Navarro files a Title II disability application on 05/12/13 with an AOD of 01/01/13.
Her non-blind DLI is 03/30/13 and her blind DLI is 09/30/2023. Because Ms. Navarro’s
non-blind DLI expires shortly after her AOD and prior to her filing date, provide
DDS with the blind DLI.