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Can You Secure Social Security Disability Benefits If You Have Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a fairly common learning disability that makes it challenging—and sometimes impossible—to process or interpret symbols correctly. Children with dyslexia typically struggle to read at the same level as their peers; however, since it’s possible to thrive despite having the condition, adults with dyslexia are not necessarily entitled to Social Security disability benefits. Here is what you should know about dyslexia—and the disability claims process—if you’re unable to earn a living wage because of the condition. 

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a complicated condition that primarily affects reading comprehension. People with this disability struggle to read at a reasonable pace, which can make it challenging to thrive in the modern world of text messages, emails, and digital connectivity in general.

Although there is no cure for dyslexia, children with the condition can succeed academically if they receive special accommodations. Adults, on the other hand, may find it hard to maintain employment without the help they were afforded while still in school. 

Does Dyslexia Ever Warrant Disability Benefits?

In most cases, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not consider dyslexia debilitating enough to warrant benefits; however, learning disabilities are on the list of impairments that make individuals eligible for benefits.

For someone with dyslexia to collect disability benefits, the condition must be severe enough that it imposes extreme limitations on daily life. In other words, claimants with dyslexia must demonstrate how they are unable to do at least two of the following: process information, interact with others, concentrate or complete tasks, and control one’s behavior. 

If you want to apply for Social Security disability benefits, turn to a compassionate attorney at Fitzpatrick, Skemp & Associates, LLC for guidance. Located in La Crosse and Eau Claire, WI, our firm was founded in 1998 by seasoned lawyers who are committed to helping injured and ill parties throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota recover what is rightfully theirs. We help clients secure personal injury payouts, workers’ compensation, and Schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers today.