Intellectual Disabilities and SSDI




intellectual disabilities and ssdi

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) helps people who are living with many different disabilities. Many of these are physical disabilities, but intellectual disabilities also often qualify. The disability claims process can be frustrating and complex, and one of the best things you can do for your case is hire a disability lawyer. If you need disability benefits, Summit Disability Law Group can help you win your claim. We will help you gather the right evidence and medical documents to build your strongest claim. We know that these benefits are extremely important, and will work our hardest to ensure that you get what you need. This post explains the details of intellectual disabilities and SSDI.

Intellectual Disabilities and SSDI: Eligibility Requirements

The Social Security Administration defines intellectual functioning as the general ability to learn, reason, solve problems, and plan. An intellectual disability affects a person’s ability to do these things. The SSA gives guidelines for how these conditions qualify for benefits. There are two sets of requirements that can be met in order to qualify.

  • First set of qualifications
  1. Below-average intellectual functioning. A person must be unable to take standard tests of intellectual ability.
  2. Dependence on others for personal needs like eating, dressing, or bathing.
  3. Medical evidence that the condition began before age 22.
  • Second set of qualifications
  1. The following scores on a standardized intelligence test:
    • A full-scale IQ score of 70 or below.
    • A full-scale IQ score of 71-75 with a verbal or performance IQ score of 70 or below.
  2. Extreme difficulties in one of the following areas. Or, significant difficulties in two of the areas.
    • Understanding, remembering, or information
    • Interacting with others
    • Concentration and persistence
    • Adapting or managing oneself.
  3. Medical evidence that the condition began before age 22.

If you have questions about intellectual disabilities and SSDI, please contact us today! We can answer your questions and explain your rights.

What Other Mental Disorders Qualify for SSDI?

Intellectual disabilities are not the only mental disorders that can qualify for SSDI. Below is a list of some of the other qualifying mental disorders.

What If a Person Doesn’t Meet The SSA’s Requirements?

If a person does not meet all of the above requirements, they may still be able to qualify for benefits. If they can prove that their disorder severely limits their abilities and prevents them from working, the SSA may grant them benefits.

A disability lawyer can help you build your case. Even if you do not think you meet the written requirements, schedule a free case consultation with us! We a Summit Disability Law Group will discuss your case with you and explain your rights. We frequently help deserving clients receive disability benefits, even if their case does not mean all of the written requirements.


Contact a Utah Disability Lawyer Today

If you have questions about intellectual disabilities and SSDI, or SSDI in general, contact us today! The Utah disability lawyers at Summit Disability Law Group are here to help you. We know how to navigate the claims process and can help you get the disability benefits you deserve.

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