The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a procedure in place, referred to as the sequential evaluation process for disability determinations. It is a five-step process for Ohio adults and a three-step process for Ohio children.
For adults, the sequential evaluation process requires that several factors must be reviewed when making a determination. First, these factors include the person's work activity and the severity of their impairment. Next, the SSA makes a determination of whether that impairment or impairments fall under the listing and the person's residual functional capacity. This includes things such as past work and the ability to do other work based on their work experience, education level and age.