Intellectual Disabilities & SSD

Intellectual Disabilities & SSD

Do you have a family member that has been diagnosed as intellectually disabled? If so, he or she may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. In order for someone to qualify for SSD benefits, they must have a disabling condition that is expected to last at least one year, or result in death.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has what is called a Listing of Impairments; this list describes impairments that the SSA considers to be severe enough that they would prevent a person from engaging in any gainful activity. Intellectual disability is included in the Listing of Impairments, under “mental disorders.”

About Intellectual Disabilities

The Listing of Impairments defines an intellectual disability as significantly sub-average intellectual functioning with deficits in adaptive functioning which originally manifested before the age of 22.

Signs of an intellectual disability:

  • Dependence on others for personal needs (e.g. eating, dressing, bathing, toileting);
  • Inability to follow directions;
  • An IQ of 59 or less;
  • An IQ of 60 through 70, and a physical or mental impairment significantly limiting work-related function;
  • An IQ of 60 through 70, and a significant restriction in daily activities; or marked difficulty in social functioning; or major difficulties in social function; or difficulties with concentration, persistence, or pace; or repeated episodes of decompensation, and for an extended duration.

According to the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), an intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in both adaptive behaviors and intellectual functioning.

Generally, an IQ score of 70 or 75 indicates an intellectual disability (ID). ID, once called mental retardation, is characterized by below average intelligence and a lack of skills necessary for everyday living.

What are the causes?

Anything that interferes with normal brain development could result in an intellectual disability. The most common causes of IDs are: genetic conditions such as Down syndrome, pregnancy problems such as substance abuse or preeclampsia, childbirth complications such as oxygen deprivation, a severe head injury, meningitis, whooping cough, or the measles.

Contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!

If you have a family member with an intellectual disability, they may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. For representation throughout Plano, Dallas, and Ft. Worth, call the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC!