Intellectual disabilities affect about two percent of the U.S. population. There are numerous causes for intellectual disabilities and mental disorders, but doctors are only able to pinpoint the cause on a case-by-case basis about 25 percent of the time.
The severity of intellectual disability varies greatly. Some individuals are profoundly affected and need constant care, while others are only mildly impaired and can lead relatively normal lives. Symptoms of intellectual disability include:
According to the SSA, intellectual disabilities refer to mental incapacity, mental impairment, and significantly impaired cognitive function. The evidence of the condition should show it occurred before age 22.
The tests to prove intellectual disabilities include the following criteria; only one must be met:
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know that having a loved one with an intellectual disability can be emotionally and financially hard on your entire family. In addition to being unable to work, your loved one also may require expensive medical care that you can’t afford. The SSA categorizes intellectual disabilities as disabling conditions, but the SSD approval process is difficult and complex.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers know how the system works, and we can help build a strong claim for your loved one. Contact us today to see if you or your loved one qualify for SSD with an intellectual disability.
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