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Does an intellectual disorder qualify for benefits?

Children are the light of California resident's lives-from the pregnancy to the minute they are born; parents expect and hope for so much for their children. Having a disabled child is not only emotionally difficult but also financially-they have special needs that need to be catered to. families may need financial assistance to get their children the help they need and benefits from the Social Security Administration can be prove beneficial in this instance.

Social Security has a list of mental impairments that automatically qualify them for SSI benefits. Children can be automatically approved for SSI if they have a low IQ or if they meet all of the criteria laid out by the Social Security Administration. However, it is important to know that law has changed recently and the criteria for qualification has changed, the most important change being a renaming of the illness from mental retardation to intellectual disorder.

In order to qualify post 2017, the child must be deficient in areas of functioning in areas such as social interactions, concentration, managing oneself, or social interactions. This must be in addition to having a low IQ, and those who are unable to take the test automatically are granted benefits because their functioning is so poor that they need other people to fulfill their basic needs.

The law surrounding benefits is complicated and now that they have changed recently, there is confusion as to what is needed to demonstrate a child's functioning is so limited that the quality of their life is severely limited. Many believe that just because their child has a condition, they should receive benefits but this is not the case-it has to be proved and an experienced attorney can help California residents prove their case.

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