The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of mental impairments severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Though most conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or are expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated SSD lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.
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 retarded and can lead relatively normal lives. Symptoms of intellectual disability include:
- Childlike behavior
- Inability to learn or decreased learning ability
- Inability to meet established criteria in school
- Lack of interest in surroundings and environment
Social Security Disability for Intellectual Impairments
Intellectual disabilities are considered disabling conditions by the SSA and may qualify your loved one for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on his or her condition and age.
According to the SSA, intellectual disabilities refer to mental incapacity, mental impairment, and “significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning.” 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:
- A valid verbal, performance, or IQ of 59 or less
- A valid verbal, performance, or IQ of 60 to 70, and a physical or other mental impairment that resulted in at least two of the following:
- Restriction of daily activities
- Difficulty maintaining social functions
- Difficulty maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace
- Episodes of decompensation (which means that your child withdraws when in a stressful situation, or if he or she “blows up” when upset) that last for extended periods of time
Intellectual Disabilities Deserve SSD Benefits
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—just dial (800) 477-7315.