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SSA’S INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY LISTING

WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY?

Intellectual disability is a term that is used to describe a person who has limits in their mental functioning and in their communication skills, self care skills, and social skills. Children with intellectual limits take longer to learn to speak, walk, and take care of themselves. They have trouble learning in school. Usually it takes them longer to learn concepts. Additionally, there may be some things they cannot learn.

Intellectual disability can be caused by a problem that starts any time before a child turns 18 years old. It can be caused by disease, injury, or a problem in the brain prior to birth. Some of the most common causes of intellectual disability are Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, genetic conditions, birth defects, and infections that affect the brain. Other causes of intellectual disability do not occur until a child is older. For example, a child may suffer a serious head injury, stroke, or a brain infection.

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND WINNING SSD AND SSI BENEFITS

SSA has a listing for intellectual disability. The Social Security Administration recognizes that people with intellectual issues may not be able to work and their IQ deficits can result in severe problems on the job and in their adult life. Your intellectual disability must prevent you from working for over 12 months in order to win benefits.

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UTAH RESOURCES FOR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

Center for Parent Information and Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources shares family friendly information and research materials on a variety of topics including intellectual disabilities.

Utah Developmental Disabilities Council (UDDC)

The UDDC’s mission is to be Utah’s leading source of critical information that helps the lives of those with developmental disabilities.

Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD)

Utah’s DSPD provides support for people with disabilities to lead their own lives.  They oversee home and community services, employment services, and give support to those who use their services and their families.

Family to Family Network

This is a network of local volunteer leaders and groups that provides education and support to families who have a member with a disability. The Network’s particular area of experience is in providing supports to families who are on the waiting list or in services from the Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities.

Utah Down Syndrome Foundation

The UDSF continues today to link families together and to educate parents and the public in understanding the needs of individuals with Down syndrome.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

AAIDD promotes research and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

SSA DEFINES INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY UNDER LISTING 12.05

Under SSA’s List of Impairments, intellectual disability is defined under listing 12.05 as follows:

Intellectual disability:  Intellectual disability refers to significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning with deficits in adaptive functioning initially manifested during the developmental period; i.e., the evidence demonstrates or supports the onset of the impairment before age 22.

The required level of severity for this disorder is met when, under 12.05 B, the claimant has a valid verbal, performance, or Full-Scale IQ of 59 or less. Under listed impairment 12.05 C, the claimant can also meet or equal the listing if they have:

A valid verbal, performance, or full-scale IQ of 60 through 70 and a physical or other mental impairment imposing an additional and significant work-related limitation of function.

Additionally, a claimant can meet or equal a listing under 12.05 D, which is as follows:

D. A valid verbal, performance, or full-scale IQ of 60 through 70, resulting in at least two of the following:

1. Marked restriction of activities of daily living; or

2. Marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning; or

3. Marked difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace; or

4. Repeated episodes of decompensation, each of extended duration.

VOCATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

The majority of individuals whose testing falls below 70 are typically in the bottom 10% of “general learning ability.” This is a term used by the SSA to determine if a person can work.  If an individual’s IQ is in the bottom 10% of general learning ability, then they should be found unable to work at any job in the national economy.

At your hearing, the ALJ may invite a medical expert to testify as to whether your IQ meets or equals listing 12.05. You will need an attorney to question the medical expert. Find out more here about the medical expert at your disability hearing.

Many vocational experts and judges ignore the fact that low IQ can prevent you from working. For that reason, you need an attorney who can question the VE. If you are seeking benefits and have valid IQ testing from a psychologist that falls within the above ranges, you should contact our office. Chances are good that you  can win benefits.

We can help you file your application for benefits. You can file online with Social Security’s website. Additionally, children with intellectual disabilities may also be able to get Supplemental Security Income benefits. Find out more about filing for children’s SSI benefits here.

Additionally, along with SSI benefits, you may get Medicaid benefits. Medicaid is health insurance for low income families. Find out more information about Medicaid benefits here.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY ON OUR WEBSITE

Most individuals whose testing falls below 70 are normally in the bottom 10% of “general learning ability.” This is a term the SSA uses to determine if an individual can work.  If an individual has an IQ that is in the bottom 10% of general learning ability, then they should be found unable to work at any job in the national economy.

Many vocational experts and judges ignore the fact that those in the bottom 10% of learning ability cannot work.  If you are seeking SSD and SSI benefits and have valid IQ testing from a psychologist that falls within the above ranges, you should contact our office.

You may be able to win benefits. Therefore, we can help you file your application. Additionally, children with intellectual disabilities may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. SSI benefits may also be an option for you if you have never worked.

In order to learn more, go to our blogpost on this website IQ and Winning Disability Benefits. Once you read the article, if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us. We offer a free review of your case to anyone who wants to become our client. Additionally, it is easy to apply for SSD and SSI benefits online at the SSA’s website. We can help you file your application. Just give us a call.

CANNON DISABILITY LAW CAN HELP YOU WIN DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR IQ ISSUES

At Cannon Disability, we have won over $100 million dollars in ongoing and past due disability benefits for our clients. We have the experience you need in court to win your intellectual disability or IQ case. No matter where you live, we can help you, because we have clients in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and California.

Find out more about our lawyers and staff. Dianna Cannon has been practicing Social Security law for over 30 years. Brett Bunkall has won hundreds of cases in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. Andria Summers also has over 20 years of experience helping our clients win their benefits.

Furthermore, our attorneys understand the law. We will use our legal experience to help you. Also, we have helped thousands of people with IQ issues who cannot work win benefits. Contact us today to hire a Social Security attorney with the experience to win your case.

HIRE THE BEST DISABILITY ATTORNEY TO HELP YOU IN YOUR CASE

A lot is riding on winning benefits. Your future finances, as well as that of your family, are at stake. Because it is so important, you need to hire the best Social Security attorney to help you in your case.

How will you know who the best SSD and SSI attorney? It is simple. Look for two things.

First, find an attorney who has the legal experience to help you win SSD benefits. Because legal experience is invaluable.  For example, the attorneys at Cannon Disability have over 30 years of legal experience. We have won over 20,000 SSD and SSI cases in the last 30 years. Therefore, we have the legal experience you need.

Second, find an attorney you like. Make sure the staff at your law firm treats you with kindness and respect. When you apply for benefits, it may take up to two years to receive benefits.

Because of the length of time that it takes to win benefits, you will develop a relationship with your attorney and their office. Pick an attorney that you can get along with. You will be happier with the whole process. Contact Cannon Disability Law and see if we are a good fit for you. Let us help you with your intellectual disability case.

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