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Who decides if I am disabled?

At the initial application stage and the reconsideration stage (in states that have reconsideration), the Disability Determination Bureau ("DDB") in the state in which you live determines whether or not you are disabled.  At the hearing level, an Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") in an Office of Disability Adjudication and Review ("ODAR") determines whether or not you are disabled.