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
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.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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