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Disability for Dyslexia

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is also known as developmental reading disorder (DRD) which can be defined as a disability in learning which affects an individual’s reading skills. Dyslexia often refers to a plethora of difficulties arising due to linguistic issues along with the inclination of mixing up the sequence of words and letters.

Although, in cases that confirm suffering from disability for dyslexia can be characterized with the inability to process symbols in the right manner, yet, dyslexia involves inaccurate interpretation which results in low reading ability.

In comparison to most of the impairments which come under Social Security Disability, Dyslexia can have a less aggravating effect on the claimant’s ability to earn a living or to be effective in his or her working life. You must be thinking that, if an individual is suffering from dyslexia, he or she will not gain Social Security Disability benefits

This generally occurs as dyslexia does not prevent people from searching or earning from their employment even when the work involves both reading and writing. Disability for dyslexia causes trouble in recognizing phonemes that are regarded as the basic sounds of speech. 

Many individuals suffer from dyslexia and yet they are successful in their lives. Some of the well-known personalities who have severe dyslexia and yet created history include Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and Pablo Picasso. So, don’t be demotivated if you have dyslexia. Let’s tell you how the Social Security Administration (SSA) analyzes dyslexia. 

Disability for DyslexiaView of Social Security Administration (SSA) towards dyslexia

Dyslexia is not considered a severe disability by the Social Security Administration and has not been mentioned in its strict blue book guidelines. The blue book is a book in which all the impairments are listed which qualifies for obtaining disability benefits according to whether they are severe or not. In the year 2017, SSA made some amendments in the book thereby adding learning disabilities in the blue book. 

Is Dyslexia a Disability?

SSA has included learning disabilities in the blue book and dyslexia is categorized as one of the learning disorders which answers the above-mentioned question. 

For the adults who are suffering from dyslexia, the SSA has added a new listing 12.11 for all those who are suffering from neurodevelopmental disorders. The disorders comprise learning disabilities such as dyscalculia, dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, and disorders namely Tourette’s syndrome. 

For the children who are suffering from dyslexia disability, SSA has set a criterion for tic disorders and learning disabilities on the listings for ADHD listing 112.11. For both children and adults, the criterion for listing is similar. Some of the requirements which must be fulfilled by the child and adult to get the benefits are as follows:

  • Both the child and the adult must be suffering from a severe disability in learning and in utilizing their academic capabilities. 
  • The level of disability must vary from moderate to severe form of dyslexia or even illiteracy.
  • The claimant must be able to show that he or she is suffering from the extreme limitation in any one of the following areas:
  • In understanding information i.e., the ability to learn terms, develop an understanding of the terms, and in answering questions
  • Communicating with others includes the capability to ask for help when necessary or engage in social interactions.
  • Focus on the assigned tasks and maintaining the speed of the work which includes how the claimant is beginning or ending the task and completing the task within the due time.
  • The capability to adapt towards a change comprises the ability to deal with emotions, create awareness of facing challenges, deal with risks, and safeguard oneself from any danger.

The claimant can also show that he or she is suffering from marked limitation in two of the above-mentioned areas where marked means that the severity level is less than extreme and more than moderate. The Social Security Administration considers marked as a serious constraint.

Sometimes, it may be problematic to show that dyslexia is causing marked constraint in two of the above-mentioned areas. In some cases, individuals can prove that they are suffering from marked limitations in understanding and learning which makes it difficult to meet the requirements for dyslexia. To understand the overall process in a better way, Contact a disability attorney

What Happens Next If A Claimant Is Unable to Meet the Listing?

Social Security will analyze the adults who are suffering from dyslexia disability and the severity of their disability along with their capability to work. If you want to qualify for the benefits, then you have to prove that your disability is preventing you from doing unskilled work which does not need reading and writing. The unskilled work might include dish-washing or hand-packing. 

Although, in some cases, if you are suffering from physical impairment as well along with dyslexia, then the SSA might consider you for the disability benefits. Suppose you are illiterate and of age 45 years or more and only able to do light work, then the SSA might consider you as disabled and you may approve of achieving disability benefits. 

Therefore, to get dyslexia benefits, you might face a complicated process yet you must not feel disheartened in case you are denied in the first instance. Consult a skilled attorney who would help you face all the hurdles, guide you in your case by letting you know whether you are eligible for getting social security benefits or not.  

Disability Benefits for Dyslexia

If your condition is severe, then you can apply for the dyslexia disability benefits. For this, you may need assistance and direction from an experienced attorney who has several years of experience in dealing with such matters and understands how to make the most appropriate arguments for you. 

A disability lawyer will have experience in matters of claims, denials, evaluations and he or she will be able to give you better advice on how to proceed. It is advisable to hire one of the finest attorneys who would help you gain the disability benefits which you might require for so long.