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. Your intellectual disability must prevent you from working for over 12 months in order to eligible for benefits.
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 cross-examine 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. 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. Chances are that you are eligible for disability benefits.
We can help you file a disability claim. You can file online with Social Security’s website. Additionally, children with intellectual disabilities may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. Find out more about filing for children’s SSI benefits here.
Additionally, along with SSI benefits, you may be eligible for Medicaid benefits. Medicaid is healthcare for low income families. Find out more information about Medicaid benefits here.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY ON OUR WEBSITE
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.
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 representatives. Dianna Cannon has been practicing disability 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 claimants win disability benefits.
Furthermore, our attorneys understand the law. We will use our legal expertise to help you. Also, we have helped thousands of people with IQ issues who cannot work win benefits. Contact us today to hire a disability 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 disability benefits. Your future financial stability, as well as that of your family, is at stake. Because it is so important, you need to hire the best disability 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 disability benefits. Legal experience is invaluable. The attorneys at Cannon Disability have over 60 years of combined 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 attorney’s staff treats you with kindness and respect. When you apply for disability 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.