Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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Can you apply for SSI for a learning disability?
You can apply for SSI for any disability or conditions that prevent you from being able to work. If you have a learning disability that has prevented you from working, then you should file an SSI disability or Social security disability claim with the Social Security Administration.
If you apply for disability because you are a slow learner, your school records will be important. For instance, if you were in special education classes in school, you have a better chance of an allowance for SSI benefits.
Social Security does not discern between physical or mental impairments, only how your impairment or impairments affect your ability to function in daily activities including work activity.
How does Social Security measure your ability to function? Your medical records and school records will be obtained and analzed to determined what your residual functional capacity (what you are able to do despite your impairment or impairments) is.
If you are an adult, your RFC rating will be meaasured against the demands of whatever past work you did to determine A) do you have the ability to return to your past work and B) do you have the ability to switch to some type of other work, assuming that you are incapable of returning to your past work.
Individuals who are found to be unable to do either will generally be approved for disability, assuming they also satisfy the non-medical disability criteria.
If you are a child filing for disability, your limitations will be considered in the context of whether or not you are able to perform age-appropriate activities, the idea being that if you cannot perform the same tasks as your same-age peers, you may meet the SSA definition of disability.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria