Independently, an IQ score that demonstrates lower than average intelligence—range of 71 to 84—is not considered a disability eligible for benefits from Social Security. However, it isn’t unusual for people with IQ scores in this range to have additional limitations that combine to make it impossible to find and keep sufficient employment.

Never make the mistake of omitting a borderline IQ score from an application for SSDI or SSI benefits. Not only will it create unnecessary delays in the determination process, but it could make a bad impression on the disability examiner deciding the claim.

Presentation counts with a borderline IQ score. Here are a few tips on how to handle them in an application:

  • Do not apply for intellectual disorder. You will not meet the standard.
  • Include  IQ test results.
  • Be sure to submit educational records and, if possible, statements from teachers and other individuals who have instructed or trained the applicant.
  • Describe any circumstances that helped you obtain or maintain a job such as a friend or relative's intervention on your behalf.
  • Hire a Lincoln Social Security benefits attorney from the very start—before submitting the initial application. Special circumstances, such as borderline IQ scores, will need special handling throughout the disability benefits claim process. Having the knowledge and experience of a professional will dramatically help with your peace of mind.

To learn more about how the experienced and compassionate Cuddigan Law team can help, call 402-933-5405 or 402 261-4005, or email [email protected]. Our informative booklet, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case, is free at your request. We meet clients by appointment in Lincoln at 3800 Normal Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68506.

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