As anyone who has advocated for an individual with intellectual disorder is acutely aware, proving to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that the condition prevents him or her from obtaining a sustainable income is difficult even for someone well versed in navigating the disability benefits claim process.

Remember: intellectual disorder isn’t as tangible as physical disability. A large part of the application and ensuing appeal process will therefore involve collecting evidence to support his or her claim.

Let’s take a look at the evidence you’ll want to build a persuasive case.

  • Social Security disability benefits application, including a detailed list of all appropriate impairments and the ways they limit workplace functionality. Often, it will not be one disability that makes you eligible for benefits, but a combination of issues.
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Questionnaire, which describes the impact disabilities have on an individual’s daily tasks.
  • Medical records, including psychiatric or neurological tests, treatment and therapy notes..
  • School records.
  • Psychological testing showing intelligence test results and statements about adaptive functioning.
  • Statements from teachers, caregivers, former employers, social workers, family members and others who’ve had close contact with the applicant and can speak to the impact of their disabilities.

Don’t enter into the Social Security disability benefits claims process alone. Talk to a Lincoln SSI attorney at Cuddigan Law today by calling 402-933-5405 or 402 261-4005 or emailing [email protected]. We meet with clients by appointment at 3800 Normal Blvd., Ste 201, Lincoln, NE 68506. Our informative booklet, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, is available free to you.


Timothy J. Cuddigan (Founder - Retired)
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