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Disability Determination Services

The Disability Determination Services Unit of DVR is a state-administered federal program that serves Delawareans who are unable to work because of a disability.

The DDS develops, adjudicates, and processes disability claims of residents for Social Security disability benefits. The unit staff determines if:

  • A person meets the statutory definition of an individual with a disability as defined in the Social Security Act.
  • The individual meets medical eligibility to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

While governed by the Social Security Administration and 100% federally funded, DDS is a state agency that is located within the state DVR agency. The Delaware DDS makes approximately 8000 disability decisions per year for the State of Delaware.

Deputy Director Theora Lowe-Staton is responsible for the operations of the DDS unit. For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits and Services visit

DDS Contact Information

Creekwood Office Complex
920 W. Basin Road, Suite 300
New Castle, DE 19720

Phone: (302) 324-7600
Fax: (866) 373-8089

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