The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers certain speech disorders as disabling enough to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. To qualify for SSD with a speech disorder, your condition must render you unable to perform any full-time work.
For disability evaluation purposes, the ability to produce speech includes the use of any mechanical or electronic device that improves voice or articulation. Impairments of speech may also be evaluated under the body system for the underlying disorder, such as neurological disorders.
Each potential case is evaluated on an individual basis, but the main point that must be proven to the SSA is that your speech impairment is severe enough to prevent you from doing any gainful activity.
When someone is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, that person has a speech disorder. There are three types of speech disorders with varying symptoms:
Living with a speech disorder can hinder your chances of advancing in your career or even landing a job in the first place. In addition, children with speech disorders may find it difficult to make friends or progress in their school work. While the SSA considers certain types of speech disorders to be disabling conditions, it’s often difficult for people to qualify for SSD benefits for these conditions.
If you or someone you love has a speech disorder, contact us today for assistance.
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