TN 49 (08-08)
DI 11010.170 Processing Claims of Blind Persons Involving Work in 1978 or Later – Individuals Under Age 55
A. Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) claims
Develop the work issues, make a Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) determination, following the instructions in Meaning of SGA and Scope of Subchapter - DI 10501.001 through DI 10501.025 using the SGA Earnings Guidelines for blind individuals, and forward the case to the Disability Determination Services (DDS) for a statutory blindness determination.
If the DDS finds that the individual is not statutorily blind, but does have a disabling impairment, reevaluate the work activity under the SGA earnings guidelines for non-blind persons.
When the case is returned to the Field Office (FO) with the DDS blindness and/or disability determination, follow procedures in Work Comparability Provisions for Blind DIB Individuals Age 55 and Older - DI 11010.175 for processing and routing. See Overview - DI 26010.001 through DI 26010.070 for DDS entries on SSA 831 (Disability Determination Form and Transmittal) involving statutory blindness.
See Eligibility for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) or the Disability “Freeze” - DI 10105.005B. and Claimant in Freeze Status Files for DIB DI 41005.010 for information about disability freeze for statutory blind individuals. Also see DI 11010.035 - Avoiding Unnecessary Development in DIB Claims.