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Cook County ADHD and Social Security Disability Benefits Attorney

Illinois Lawyer for ADHD And SSI Benefits For Children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a behavioral disorder affecting approximately 10% of school-age children. The number of children diagnosed with ADHD over the last several years has drastically increased, leading some psychologists to believe that the condition is now being overly diagnosed. Nonetheless, if your child suffers from ADHD he or she may be able to get disability benefits. When you apply for disability benefits due to ADHD, the Social Security Administration will first determine whether your condition is severe enough to meet a listing. The listing that pertains to ADHD is Listing 112.11. If your child meets Listing 112.11, then he or she will be found to be disabled. If your child does not meet the listing, Social Security will then evaluate whether your child meets a functional equivalent. To do so, the Administration will look at six domain: acquiring and using information; attending and completing tasks; interacting and relating with others; moving about and manipulating objects; carrying for yourself and; health and physical well-being. At least two of those areas must result in “marked” limitations or an “extreme” in one of the domains.

Is There A Specific Listing For ADHD?

Social Security recognizes ADHD under Listing of Impairments 112.11: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which can be found on the SSA website. However, because most of the listing is structured using medical terminology, it can be quite difficult to know whether you will meet the ADHD listing. If you or a family member suffers from ADHD and want to know more about whether you might qualify for Social Security disability benefits (either SSDI or SSI), contact us today.

If My Child Does Not Meet The Listing, Is There Another Way To Get SSI Benefits?

If your child does not meet Listing 112.11 and ADHD is severely affecting him or her, your child may still qualify for SSI. This is especially true if your child is being significantly affected at school by his or her condition. IQ testing, achievement testing, teacher reports, evaluations, schoolwork, and medical reports can all be used to support a child’s case for SSI benefits.

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