Families who have a loved one with an intellectual disorder such as mental retardation will understand the difficulties that inevitably arise. For residents of Newark and throughout New Jersey, receiving Social Security disability benefits can be invaluable to help that person. When applying for disability benefits, however, it is important to understand how the Disability Determination Services and the Social Security Administration will document and evaluate the intellectual disorder and its severity. This is critical when filing for disability benefits as a failure to provide the necessary information can lead to the claim being denied even if the benefits are warranted.
For intellectual disorder, there are three elements: general intellectual functioning that is significantly sub-average; current adaptive functioning with significant deficits; and the disorder having manifested before the person turned 22. The person's intellectual functioning hinges on their ability to reason, learn, plan, solve problems and to handle other basic cognitive necessities. The inability to meet these requirements will be determined by standardized intelligence testing. The person's intelligence quotient (IQ) will be used to make these determinations.