Can you Qualify for Social Security Disability With a Speech Disorder?

By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

There are many types of serious medical conditions that can qualify you for Social Security disability benefits. A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to determine if your medical condition makes you eligible for benefits. 

One type of disorder that could potentially make you eligible for benefits is speech disorders. While not every speech disorder qualifies, those who have such disorders should reach out to an attorney to find out whether they can get disability income if their disorder stops them from working.

Can You Qualify for Disability Benefits with a Speech Disorder?

To make it easier to determine if disabled individuals qualify for benefits, the Social Security has a “blue book” or listing of disorders that can usually make you eligible for benefits.

Speech disorders are covered within Section 2 of the blue book. Section 2 also addresses other disorders of the senses, such as vision disorders. 

Within Section 2, the Social Security Administration indicates that loss of speech could result in disability benefits if a person becomes unable to produce sound by any means of speech that can be heard and understood. Loss of speech can be covered regardless of the cause. 

You will still need to prove the loss of speech prevents you from working at any job for which you are qualified, but the fact that this condition is listed in the blue book should increase your chance of becoming eligible for benefits. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you to prove you cannot work due to your speech disorder, so contact an attorney for help as soon as possible.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts is the managing attorney for Disability Advocates Group. She opened Disability Advocates Group to assist individuals who became disabled and unable to work to obtain the benefits they need and deserve.  Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.