Do ADD and ADHD Account for Disability

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic neuropsychiatric disorder that can affect both children and adults. Individuals with ADHD can present with a wide range of symptoms such as impulsive behavior, procrastination, occasional hyperactivity, and difficulty completing tasks.

People with ADHD may find it challenging to function normally in everyday life, even with the help of medication. The question is whether ADD or ADHD counts as a disability. Read on to uncover the answer:

A Quick Glance at ADHD and the Americans with Disability Act

The U.S. Congress put the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into effect to protect the rights of persons. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA, ADHD counts as a disability in the U.S.  if it interferes with a person’s ability to perform and work.

Does ADHD count as a Developmental Disability?

ADHD is a common developmental disorder among children, as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, the following things account as a developmental disability:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hearing loss
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Learning disabilities
  • Vision impairment

Does ADHD count as a Learning Disability?

Learning disabilities are a subtype of developmental disabilities. Individuals with learning disabilities find it challenging to understand written or spoken words, perform calculations, and carry out other tasks.

What are the Requirements for ADHD to Qualify under the Neurodevelopmental Listing?

In 2017, Social Security changed the requirements in its listing of ‘Neurodevelopmental Disorders.’ According to the new listing, your child’s condition must include:

  • Frequent distractibility with difficulty organizing tasks and sustaining attention
  • Recurrent motor movement
  • Significant difficulties learning
  • Hyperactive and impulsive behavior like appearing restless, difficulty remaining seated, behaving as if driven by a motor, or talking excessively
  • Significant difficulties using academic skills

Moreover, you need to show that your child has either an extreme limitation in one (or a severe restriction in two) of the following aspects:

  • Interacting and engaging with other people like maintaining friendships, cooperating with others, and handling conflicts
  • Concentrating on tasks, such as avoiding distractions, working at a consistent pace, completing homework, and working close to others without distracting them
  • Learning and retaining information such as following oral instructions, using judgment, and making decisions

Do People With ADHD Receive Disability Benefits?

People who have ADHD may get disability benefits, depending on the severity of their medical conditions. However, remember that you have to meet strict rules mentioned under the U.S. government.

The Bottom Line

If you suffer from disabilities because of severe ADHD symptoms and have sufficient evidence, you can gain SSDI benefits.

Although proving severe ADHD can be challenging, working with medical professionals and a qualified attorney to support your claim can help you gain SSDI benefits.

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