SSA’S INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY LISTING
INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AND WINNING SSD AND SSI BENEFITS
SSA has a listing for intellectual disability. The Social Security Administration recognizes that people with Intellectual Disabilities may not be able to work and their IQ deficits can result in severe disabilities. Under SSA’s List of Impairments, intellectual disability is defined under listing 12.05 as follows:
INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY UNDER LISTING 12.05?
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.
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The majority of individuals whose testing falls below 70 are typically 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’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.
Many vocational experts and judges ignore the fact that those in the bottom 10% of learning ability cannot work. If you are seeking disability benefits and have valid IQ testing from a psychologist that falls within the above ranges, you should contact our office. You may be eligible for disability benefits. Therefore, we can help you file a disability claim. Additionally, children with intellectual disabilities may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income.
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 consultation to prospective clients. Additionally, it is easy to apply for disability benefits online at the SSA’s website. We can help you file your application. Just give us a call.