Yearly Data for Asian & Pacific Islander Language Preferences Among Initial Claims

Social Security Disability Insurance

Last updated on November 13, 2015

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The goal of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to improve core services provided to the public and provide alternative methods for conducting business with the agency. In support of this goal, SSA is committed to providing equal access to services for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Generally, LEP individuals require more personalized service, such as interpreter services for face-to-face or telephone interviews and assistance in translating documents across program lines. In June 2004, SSA expanded the number of languages we collect in our workload system to 90. Our goal is to increase understanding of agency support and ease of Asian Americans & Pacific Islander community’s accessibility to transparency of data related to SSA.


Agency Program Description

SSA administers two different programs which pay disability benefits to those who are both disabled and meet other program eligibility requirements: Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The process for determining whether or not a claimant is disabled is complex. Depending upon a particular claim SSA might evaluate, among other factors, medical evidence establishing a disabling condition, medical and vocational evidence determining the capacity for work that might remain, the availability of possibly suitable employment, and severity and length of disability.

For SSA purposes, a claimant is either found disabled or not disabled as SSA awards disability benefits only for long term disability and not for partial or temporary disability. A description of SSA’s disability programs can be found at

Dataset Description

This dataset provides annual volumes of the Social Security Disability initial claims at the national level from federal fiscal year 2010 and onwards for Asian & Pacific Islander language preferences.

Spoken Asian & Pacific Islander Language Field A
Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2010 Field B
Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2011 Field C
Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2012 Field D
Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2013 Field E
Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2014 Field F

Note: At the end of every fiscal year, we will add a new column to this report.

Data Collection Description

SSA collects language preference data when members of the public contact us to apply for Social Security benefits and services.  We use our electronic systems to capture this information.  The Social Security Unified Measurement System (SUMS) provides work measurement data for all workloads processed throughout SSA.  SUMS Counts Demographics Data (SCDD) is the data source for SSA’s LEP reports.  SCDD is populated by associating the agency’s SUMS workload data with demographics data, which is housed in the SUMS client tables and is sourced by the Integrated Client Data Base.  Demographics data includes spoken language, written language, age range and gender.

Data Dictionary

Field A: Spoken Asian & Pacific Islander Language indicates communication by word of mouth by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Field B: Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2010, a federal fiscal year for the period of October 2009 through September 2010.

Field C: Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2011, a federal fiscal year for the period of October 2010 through September 2011.

Field D: Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2012, a federal fiscal year for the period of October 2011 through September 2012.

Field E: Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2013, a federal fiscal year for the period of October 2012 through September 2013.

Field F: Receipt Counts for Fiscal Year 2014, a federal fiscal year for the period of October 2013 through September 2014.

Change History

9/2014: Data for 2010 onward has been changed to exclude Medicare claims based solely on end stage renal disease.