If an individual has an intellectual disorder or a low IQ, they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits if their functioning is limited so much their life is affected. In many cases, it is a child who is applying for disability benefits.
If a child has a low IQ, which is sometimes called a general learning disability, mental disability, or an intellectual development disorder, and meets the medical criteria, he or she may be eligible to receive disability benefits.
Qualifying For Low IQ - the Blue Book
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a child can be automatically approved for disability benefits based on having a low IQ if he or she meets all the listing criteria. Listing 112.05 is for intellectual disorders in children ages 3 and older. Those older than 18 are considered using the adult listing for intellectual disability, which is very similar.
According to the Blue Book listing, the child must either have a full-scale IQ score ranging from 71 to 75 with a performance or a verbal score of 70 or less or a full-scale IQ score of 70 or below.
The child must have an extreme limitation in one area or severe limitation in two areas – remembering, applying, or understanding information; interacting with others; maintaining pace, concentrating and staying on task; and managing oneself.
Consult With A Disability Attorney
If you or your child has a low IQ or intellectual disorder, you should consult with a Social Security attorney. With the help of a lawyer, your odds of being approved for benefits are much greater.
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