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Does SSA Qualify Borderline Intellectual Functioning as a Disability?

Borderline intellectual functioning is a disorder which is diagnosed by IQ test scores falling between 71 and 84. As of 2017, Social Security has put into effect a new listing for these individuals, who experience significant issues with learning and using academic skills. This new listing requires evidence of extreme limitation in one or two areas such as understanding and using information, managing oneself, concentrating on tasks or interacting with others. People with borderline intellectual functioning may also show signs of excessive irritability or sensitivity when interacting with others, as well as difficulty completing tasks in a timely manner.

How Do I Get Approved for Benefits with Borderline Intellectual Functioning?

Individuals with borderline intellectual functioning can qualify for disability benefits if they have an IQ under 70 or are able to prove a marked limitation in learning and understanding. Even if an applicant fails to meet the listing, they may still be eligible for benefits if they can demonstrate that their impairments make it impossible to find full-time work and also have physical or other mental impairments. Social Security will then assess the applicant’s mental and physical limitations to determine if there are any jobs the applicant can do despite their limitations by assessing their “mental residual functional capacity” (mental RFC) and physical RFC.