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Applying for Disability Based on a Learning Disability or Developmental Delay.

Published on November 21st, 2019

Children with a disability and intellectual disorder may be eligible to receive SSI to help pay for medical treatments, special education needs and other necessities associated with their disability. Supplemental Security Income is intended to assist low-income families with children who are diagnosed with a developmental delay or learning disability. SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) is reserved for disabled adults who previously worked a job.

How is Applying for Disability Different for Children with a Disability and Intellectual Disorder?

The Social Security Administration’s Blue Book of Qualifying Conditions contains hundreds of disorders affecting a child’s normal cognitive and, to some extent, physical development. However, the SSA refers to learning disabilities as “intellectual disorders” and define these disorders as “characterized by subaverage intellectual functioning and significant deficiency in adaptive functioning”. This definition also includes poor social, practical and conceptual functioning that severely impairs a child’s quality of life.

Developmental delay disorders that may be eligible for SSI refer to disorders affecting infants and toddlers. The SSA requires medical documentation proving that an infant or toddler is “extremely limited” regarding control and planning of motor movements, remembering and learning, interacting with others and self-regulating emotions and behaviors.

What Documents are Needed to Prove a Child has a Learning Disability?

Confirming a child’s learning disability typically requires school records, evaluations by teachers or school psychologists and professional reports indicating the learning disability is permanent and will negatively impact the child’s life. Developmental delay in children that involve neurological disorders, hearing loss and vision impairments are often easier to prove since these types of disabilities can be clinically documented with diagnostic imaging scans such as MRIs and CTs.

Applying for disability for a child with a development or intellectual disability is time-consuming and complicated. Parents of children with special needs are often overwhelmed at the amount of paperwork needed by the SSA before they even consider the application. The disability attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Berger understand the concerns of parents with a disabled child and work diligently to get them approved for monthly benefits. Call today to schedule an appointment.


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