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How does SSA analyze SSDI applications based on Down's Syndrome?

We have previously discussed several types of physical and mental conditions which may result in an Ohio resident being unable to work and how the Social Security Administration may look at applications for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits based upon those conditions. In this installment of the blog we will be going over what the SSA may need to see in order to grant disability benefits based on a fairly common genetic disability called Down's Syndrome.

What is a 'Function Report' in terms of SSDI in Ohio?

When this blog has discussed Social Security Disability Insurance benefits previously, it has touched on the fact that often disability applications based on mental conditions or illnesses are more difficult to prove than those based on physical conditions. One reason for this is that medical science has not yet developed comprehensive and reliable objective testing for many illnesses that affect the way the brain works. Thus the Social Security Administration or Ohio Disability Determination Services must rely on more subjective evaluations of the existence and effects of psychological problems.

COLA raise not likely for Ohio SSDI and SSI recipients

Over 60 million Americans receive Social Security benefits in one form or another. A portion of those receive benefits because they are disabled and can't work. For example, in Ohio alone, in 2013, over 311,000 people received Supplemental Security Income. Because SSI beneficiaries tend to be a restricted pool of people compared to those who receive Social Security Disability Insurance, it stands to reason that an even higher number of Ohio residents receive SSDI. Unfortunately, for both categories of disabled individuals, it appears that their benefit amounts will not be going up next year.

Don't be caught unprepared at an Ohio SSDI hearing

As previous posts have mentioned, many, if not most applications for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits are rejected by the Social Security Administration or its state arm, Disability Determination Services. Previous posts have also discussed the time limits within which to request reconsideration or appeal a decision, as well as the greater general statistical probability of an application being approved by an Administrative Law Judge. However, applications don't magically become better when viewed in a hearing setting. The applicant needs to be as prepared as possible to present the best case to the ALJ to increase the odds of approval.

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