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Cerebral Palsy and SSA Disability Benefits

By: Beth Losure

Did you know that if your child has cerebral palsy and your family has VERY limited income and resources, you may qualify to receive federal cash assistance through the Supplemental Security Income program? Did you know that if you have cerebral palsy and you are unable to work, but you have worked and paid payroll taxes in the past, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance?

What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral Palsy is a general term which describes neurological and physical limitations that are non-progressive. Most claimants with cerebral palsy are born with this condition; in fact, is it estimated that more than 75% of individuals who have this condition had it at birth.

Under some conditions, the origin of cerebral palsy is known (infection, head trauma or malnutrition) but for the most part the cause is unknown.

There are a variety of types of cerebral palsy, but the most common type is the spastic type which permanently affects body movement or muscle coordination. Most cerebral palsy patients have difficulty with motor function, coordination and reflexes. Additional problems can include hearing loss, vision loss and/or speech difficulties.

Cerebral Palsy is on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments (also known as Bluebook). This list identifies conditions that the SSA assumes are disabling, and claimants who meet the conditions identified in this list will be automatically approved for either Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance, assuming they meet all of the non-medical qualifications.

Cerebral Palsy is found in the Listing of Impairments under 11.07 Cerebral palsy. A claimant will be disabled, according to the listing if they meet the following criteria:

A. IQ of 70 or less; or
B. Abnormal behavior patterns, such as destructiveness or emotional instability; or
C. Significant interference in communication due to speech, hearing, or visual defect; or
D. Disorganization of motor function including a significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station.

If your condition does not meet the listing identified above, you may still be able to qualify for disability if you can prove that your condition is so severe you are unable to work your current job, work a job you have performed in the past or retrain for new work.

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