Hi, I have 30 years in with the State of Florida, coming this September. I am curtly 51 years of age. I am going in the drop for 5 years more than likely. I will be 56 when I come out of the drop. I will not be seeking work after the drop. Beside don't think I would stand a snow ball chance in h*all of getting a job. I am wanting to collect my disability on Social Security. Now I understand it will take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to get approved after filing. At least that is what I am getting told by the SS office. I also have been told I could not go on sick leave with pay and make more than 980 bucks a month and be approved for Disability on SS. So if this is true I will have to wait till I am retired and have nothing but my retirement income. Which does put a hard ship on me unless I dig into the drop money. I also understand after they approve you for disability on SS, that you will not receive a check till after 6 months after you are approved. This really makes a hard ship and now this will make me dig into my drop money for possible from 9 months to a year. This just don't sound right to me. I thought that if you was blind that this was a automatic disability for SS? I know you would still have to apply for disability on SS. So I would like to know if any of you have worked and then went on disability sort of like my situation? I would like to know your all experience and what do you all think and any help would be greatly appreciated.