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Learning Disabilities and Applying for Disability Benefits

Learn about Applying for Disability Benefits for Learning Disabilities

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A learning disability can be both costly and difficult emotionally to deal with for the parents, teachers, and professionals and, of course, the individuals who have them. Treatment for learning disabilities, special education resources such as tutors or private schooling, and not being able to hold down a job during adulthood are all specific issues that can cost both emotional strain and massive financial costs. One of the resources for children and adults with disability is the application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits to aid with the financial costs of a life with learning disabilities, as well as access to resources that can help. Understanding what disability benefits can do for a person with learning disabilities and how one can apply/request those benefits are key points toward finding and keeping the help needed for a life with learning disabilities.

Qualifying for SSI Disability - There are certain requirements for people with learning disabilities that are necessary for qualifying for SSI disability benefits. In a child or an adult, a learning disability must be very severe - severe enough for grades, behavioral skills, communication skills and job skills to be hindered. Learning disabilities must also be well-documented, which is to say the disability must have been diagnosed more than once or diagnosed, then treated enough for documentation to be well established. School, medical, and in some cases legal records of a child or adult can qualify for this documentation. Often a learning disability is noticed early on in an educational process, or there can sometimes be behavioral problems that lead to legal documentation as a result of a learning disability. This is because anger, depression, alcoholism and all sorts of behavioral problems can sometimes be side effects of long-term learning disabilities and living with them.

Learning Disabilities that Qualify - Another necessary requirement for qualification for SSI disability benefits for a learning disability is that the disability be one of the ones that are inhibiting enough for disability to be proven. Common disabilities claimed for qualification include any number of autistic diagnoses, mental disabilities of a severe enough capacity, ADD/ADHD, and so-called "borderline intellectual functioning." These learning disabilities are the ones most commonly reported in claims for SSI disability benefits because they are expensive to treat, difficult to live with and generally make it difficult to carry on a typical, productive life.

Applying for SSI Disability - An application for disability benefits can be a lengthy and legally-intensive process. There are a few ways in which one can apply for these benefits. The method chosen depends greatly on whom the recipient of the benefits is and the circumstances of the application. Two of the more basic ways to apply include a local SSI office and applying through a lawyer. If applying for the best interests of a child, the applicant must be a legal guardian of the child and have documentation of his/her learning disability to even apply, though as stated before, the same documentation will be required in the case of an adult applicant.

The application process generally begins with an evaluation that helps the person reviewing the case whether it is likely that SSI disability benefits will be won for that individual or if there is likely to be a legal process involved. Once past this evaluation, much of the application process is a waiting game. The US government has thousands of these applications to process every day, and this is a process that takes time and patience.

Legal Recourse - For applications that are initially denied, or if a denial is expected, it may be best to apply for SSI disability benefits through an attorney who specializes in such cases. Attorneys are there for the purpose of arguing on behalf of the applicant and appealing the decision in case of a denial. It has been reported that many individuals are denied when they apply the first time. It has also been reported that many applicants who are denied the first time they apply are successful in later attempts. It is important to understand that legal recourse is potentially the only way to win a disability case on the grounds of a learning disability, particularly. Many people are physically disabled from work, but learning disabilities are supposedly disorders that cannot be seen, but ones that require the same amounts of money, treatment and emotional patience as a physical injury.

In Closing - Learning disabilities are definitely not easy disorders to handle alone. A strong support system, the use of public and private resources, working closely with educational and medical professionals and emotional strength are all needed. However, financial support may also be necessary where these other resources have been used to their fullest extent. There are options, including the application for Social Security Disability benefits through the US government. Learning disabilities are not easy to cope with, but there is help available.

Author Byline: Ram Meyyappan is the senior writer/editor of SocialSecurityDisability.tv. He has been researching and writing articles in the SSD field for 2+ years now. SocialSecurityDisability.tv is an informational resource on all things social security disability. It contains information on how to apply for disability with over 200 conditions.

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