There are three primary ways of applying for social security disability benefits. The first is to do it by phone. You can call up social security and they'll schedule a telephonic appointment with you where you can do the appointment from the comfort of your own home. Number two is you can file an application online. At www.ssa.gov, there are steps to take to file an application online. Number three is you can go down to the social security office and schedule an appointment in person. None of these is necessarily better than the others. It's more a matter of personal preference. Now, I do want to note as well that some claimants think that they need to file an application on their own before they will see an attorney or an attorney will take their case; however, some attorneys will assist claimants from the initial application stage.