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Dyslexia and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

One of the most important skills that you can develop is the capacity to read. In several spheres of life and learning, the ability to read is both necessary and basic.

Dyslexia is a reading disorder that takes place when your brain is not able to translate written images that you receive with your eyes into meaningful language. Your brain does not recognize and process certain symbols. Dyslexia is a learning disorder that can impair your ability to read, write, spell and, sometimes, speak.

A common learning disorder


Dyslexia is a common learning disorder in the United States. Estimates are that between 2 and 30% of the general population in America is afflicted with dyslexia, with the estimate that is most highly regarded being about 10%.

There are different types of dyslexia. Some of these are:

Primary dyslexia – This form of the disorder involves a dysfunction of the left side of your brain (cerebral cortex).
Trauma dyslexia – This kind of dyslexia is usually brought about by some type of trauma or brain injury to the part of your brain that is in control of reading and writing.
Developmental or secondary dyslexia – This type of the disorder is believed to be the result of hormonal formation in the early stages of fetal development.

Dyslexia is referred to in other ways. It is also known as specific reading disability and developmental reading disorder.

There are several different signs and symptoms that are characteristic of dyslexia. These include:

Difficulty hearing and seeing similarities and differences in letters and words
Difficulty with spelling
Problems with rhyming
Seeing letters or words in reverse
Difficulty following more than one command at a time
Not having the ability to sound out the pronunciation of a word that is unfamiliar
Problems processing and understanding what you hear
Reading at a level that is significantly below the level that is expected
Difficulty remembering the sequence of things
Problems learning a foreign language
Difficulty comprehending instructions that are given rapidly.

Trauma dyslexia, as just mentioned, results from some kind of brain injury or trauma to the part of your brain that is in control of reading and writing. The other types of dyslexia appear to be caused by a malfunction in certain parts of your brain that regulate language. Genetics (heredity) may also play a part in bringing about dyslexia. This is due to the fact that the disorder often runs in families.

Dyslexia is not one of the disorders that is on the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments. However, you may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Severe cases


In most instances, dyslexia will not qualify you to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, if your dyslexia is so severe that you are disabled and unable to work, you may qualify for these benefits.

The right thing to do is to talk to a disability attorney who will look over and evaluate your case. It may be that with the advice and assistance of a disability attorney, you may be eligible to receive the Social Security disability benefits that you are entitled to.


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