My daughter’s I.Q. score came back 73 – too high to qualify for an intellectual disability. She can’t hold down a menial job for more than a few weeks. Could she still qualify for disability in Texas?

Yes. Based on what you describe, your daughter has a strong chance of qualifying for disability benefits through Social Security. Unfortunately, building a compelling case will involve a lot of legwork and thorough knowledge of how the qualification system works.

Your daughter’s 73 I.Q. score puts her in the range of Borderline Intellectual Functioning, or BIF. People with BIF don’t qualify for intellectual disability with the Social Security Administration, and if a lower-than-average I.Q. score is her only issue, she won’t be able to obtain benefits.

However, if your daughter has mental functional capacity issues that extend beyond her I.Q. score, she may qualify for benefits.

Here are some important factors that could help in obtaining benefits for your daughter:

  • Medical evidence, including a mental Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form completed by her primary physician.
  • Statements from teachers, former supervisors, and anyone who has instructed, trained, or worked with your daughter.
  • Job and education-related assessments and reviews.
  • Any documentation describing disciplinary action or reasons for discharge from former employers that will support your claims of her other limitations.

You may also want to seriously consider hiring an experienced Dallas disability attorney to help you navigate the challenges of proving your daughter’s disability claim in spite of these special circumstances.

To learn more, call Morgan & Weisbrod toll-free at 800-800-6353. Our compassionate and skilled team is here to answer your questions.

Carl M. Weisbrod
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Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law