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Should American Citizens Who Can Not Speak English Be Eligible For Disability?

Anne Robards
February 14, 2020 - 5:45 am
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The Social Security Administration might approve a person for disability based on their inability to communicate English if they are 45 years old or older.  

Things are actually more complex than that.  A person can't get disability benefits simply because they don't speak English. They reportedly must first have a serious medical condition that prevents them from working. If they do, language skills might be taken into consideration along with other things like their age and level of education. The logic is, say a person has a debilitating physical condition and can't do manual labor but could possibly work a desk job. If they don't have the education, work experience or language skills to do that... the entire package of issues could be considered.

Example:  Say a 50 year-old professional landscaper has a skin condition and can no longer spend extended amounts of time in the sun.  She could take a desk-job instead, right?  BUT if she can't communicate in English, and therefore wouldn't qualify for a more sedentary job, she may be approved for disability benefits.

So we want to hear from you: Should American Citizens Who Can Not Speak English Be Eligible For Disability?

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