A person may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on muscular dystrophy. If a person is not working and has been diagnosed with this severe condition, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine whether the person is disabled under a listing or whether jobs exist considering the person's residual functional abilities for purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The Listings are just that - listings of conditions that qualify for someone disability benefits based on the diagnosis and severity of a medical impairment. A person must show that she meets or equals the listed condition and required severity.
Decisions on proposed changes for Social Security Disability HIV and neurological disorders listings will be delayed allowing an extended comment period. The Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a correction to the proposed changes to the HIV infection listings, which extends the comment period. The correction removes changes to listings 113.00 that were inadvertently included in the NPRM and extends the deadline for submitting comments from April 28, 2014 to May 27, 2014.
Children suffering from cerebral palsy may be eligible for Childhood SSI benefits. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The requirements are actually more stringent. If the child is not working and has "severe" impairments, the Social Security Administration determines whether the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings. If the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets, medically equals or functionally equals the listings, and it has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months, he is presumed to be disabled. If not, the claimant is not disabled.
Individuals may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for hereditary or degenerative neurological disorders. Affected people may qualify under the Listing 11.17 of Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 or under Step Five of the sequential decision making process because of their reduced Residual Functional Capacity resulting from the neurological disorder.