Dyscalculia is classified as a developmental disorder that causes a person to have difficulty learning and understanding numbers. This makes it harder for them to understand arithmetic and be able to grasp mathematical concepts which impacts their ability to progress through school or become hirable for many industries. In some cases it is possible to receive benefits from Social Security for dyscalculia.
Eligibility for Benefits
To apply for benefits for learning disabilities in children, like dyscalculia, it needs to be well documented by a medical professional and there has to be proof that it affects the child severely. There are several categories that are included in what that means, and the child has to meet at least two of the categories:
- Unable to remember, understand or apply information to solve problems
- Cannot pick up social cues, cooperate with others, handle conflicts with others, or make friends
- Unable to protect themselves from harm, control their behavior, maintain personal hygiene or regulate emotions properly
- Issues with focusing cause an inability to perform tasks in a timely manner, work close to others while not interrupting them and not be distracted themselves
Documentation from the child’s school records can also be used to show the severity of the condition. Teacher records and grades are evidence of the child fitting the categories above, and can be critical in showing the daily impact to the child’s life. Even with documentation from the sources above, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may want to have the child visit for a psychological consultative evaluation. Determining the child’s current functioning level is important to the process, and the SSA wants to be sure the issues will be limiting to the child for a minimum of 12 months or the benefit will not be granted.
SSI or SSDI
There are two branches of benefits within the SSA, Supplemental Social Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). For some disabilities a parent’s work history and payments into Social Security can qualify their children to receive SSDI, but dyscalculia is not an eligible condition for SSDI. That means that the only program that may provide benefits is SSI, which is based on the income level of the parents or guardians for the child. As such, the best way to ensure you qualify based on income and other factors is to make contact with an attorney to examine the situation to determine if it would be possible to receive the benefits.