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Can A Person That Has Down Syndrome Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

Down syndrome is caused by a medical condition wherein a person has three copies of chromosome 21 within his or her cells. Normally, a person will only have two chromosomes within his or her cells. Due to this extra chromosome, there are changes in the orderly development of the body and brain.
There are two kinds of Down syndrome. The reason that this is noteworthy is that the SSA evaluate them differently. The two are mosaic Down syndrome and non-mosaic Down syndrome.
If a person has non-mosaic Down syndrome, this means that there is an extra copy of chromosome 21 in every cell of his or her body. This accounts for 98% of all people with Down syndrome. Almost every case demonstrates mental, neurological, and skeletal system impairments. The SSA considers a person with non-mosaic Down syndrome to be disabled from birth and eligible to receive Social Security Disability Benefits.
Mosaic Down syndrome when a person has some cells with the normal two copies of chromosome 21 and other cells with an extra copy of chromosome 21. Only 1-2 percent of people that have Down syndrome have this form. The effects on the person vary greatly--some suffer disabling impairments others have it and it is not detected clinically.