Disability Benefits for ADD
A severe case of attention deficit disorder (ADD) can affect an individual’s ability to work and provide for themselves. For this reason, it is possible to apply for ADD disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs.
The program you qualify under will depend on your age and your work history. Even if you have been previously denied benefits, it may still be possible to appeal your case with additional evidence and professional representation from a disability lawyer.
SSI and SSDI: What’s the Difference?
The first step in completing an application for ADD disability benefits is to determine which program to submit your claim to. Many individuals over the age of 18 who have paid into Social Security previously will qualify under SSDI — eligibility is based on the number of years worked in the past and the amount of previous contributions made via payroll taxes. Those with no prior work history may still qualify for benefits under SSI — unlike SSDI, eligibility is based on need rather than earnings history. To qualify for SSI, in addition to providing evidence of your disability, it is also necessary for your income to be below a certain level.
The eligibility of children under the age of 18 is determined by their parent’s income and work history. Upon turning 18, people who qualified for benefits under SSDI or SSI as a child will have their eligibility reviewed under the disability rules for adults.
When Is ADD a Disability?
In order to apply for either SSDI or SSI disability benefits for ADD, you will need medical evidence demonstrating that the condition is severe enough to prevent you or your child from working. A diagnosis of the condition alone is not sufficient. You must be able to establish that you cannot perform even simple, routine, repetitive work on a typical, full-time basis. In addition to that, it must be demonstrated that the condition has created a serious impairment of any two of the following:
- cognitive/communicative functioning
- social functioning
- personal functioning or concentration
- persistence and pace
This can be done by supplying medical records, reports from teachers and mental health professionals, and standardized testing results.
Improving Your Chances of Being Approved
Even individuals with a severe case of ADD may have trouble qualifying for SSDI or SSI benefits. Since the criteria are entirely subjective, a strong case must be made and supported with ample medical evidence. An estimated 65% of all disability applications are rejected upon first submission — among ADD and ADHD claimants, that number is likely to be even higher.
Whether you have applied previously and had your claim denied, or are preparing to submit for the first time, Lisa M. Ritacco and her team are able to provide assistance at every step of the process. We can help you ascertain which medical records and other evidence will strengthen your case, and we may be able to get a prior decision appealed. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.