Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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Can you apply for SSI for a learning disability ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
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.
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