There's a misconception that once a person has been declared disabled, they can never do any sort of paid work again or their benefits will be discontinued.
Due to the lengthy process involved in seeking Social Security benefits, many claimants will at some point attempt to return to work in either a full time or part time capacity. Social Security, in order to encourage claimants in job seeking has built in a number of rules to deal with different levels of work activity.
Do you think you could support two children and yourself by making only $9 per hour at a part-time job in Minneapolis? Even with inexpensive housing and cutting other costs like owning a car and going out to eat, making only $9 an hour at a part-time job may make it extremely challenging for families to make ends meet each month.
If you are disabled, it is possible to work while applying for Social Security disability or while already receiving payments, but rules and limitations apply. Ultimately, you must be determined eligible for disability benefits if you are to be successful in your claim.