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Social Security Disability Benefits for Learning Disorders

Social Security Disability Benefits for Learning Disorders

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the question, what are can I receive Social Security Disability Benefits for learning disorders? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and provides you with the answer.

Official Transcript: Social Security Disability Benefits for Learning Disorders

Hi I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for social security disability benefits. I want to talk today about learning disorders and how that might affect a disability case. 

Now, if it’s a case for a child, as someone under the age of 18. Then, a learning disability in some cases could be a basis for a disability claim. It depends on how severe the learning disability is. How well the child is doing in school with assistance. Is the child in special education or not? Does the child have an IEP or not? So, there’s a number of factors that have to be considered. In a child’s case, the child is compared to other children who are his or her own age. Now that doesn’t mean that the child has to be a superstar. What social security is looking at is, is the child performing at an average level. Average for children of the child’s same age. So that’s how learning disability would be evaluated in a child’s case. 

There are adult cases where there’s a history of a learning disability and it may affect certain areas like math for example. I see that a lot, someone had a history of learning disability in math and still has lots of problems with math. Now that then may eliminate a certain category of jobs, jobs that would involve doing math may be eliminated because of the learning disability. Or someone may have a learning disability related to written English. Again, there may be a certain category of jobs that would be eliminated because of it. 

You have to remember that once you turn 18 the evaluation for disability is an evaluation as an adult. The adult standard is do you have health limitations that are so severe there is no job at all that you’ll be able to do and that that will be the case for at least 12 consecutive months. So, this condition might eliminate some jobs, probably won’t eliminate all jobs, but it would be considered. It certainly would be considered along with any other active health problems that you have that may affect your ability to do other types of jobs. 

So, by itself probably it would not result in a favorable finding for disability but it would be considered as part of the whole picture. When added with other limitations that may be sufficient for finding of disabled. 

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.