When seeking Social Security disability benefits, it's important to understand the various criteria that dictate whether or not there will be an approval. When a person is suffering from Down syndrome, knowing the difference between mosaic and non-mosaic Down syndrome is key to meeting the medical requirements and getting SSD benefits. Non-mosaic Down syndrome is only subject to evaluation under congenital disorders affecting multiple body systems.
Non-mosaic Down syndrome is a genetic problem with the chromosomes. People who are suffering from this will show indications of it in their facial features and in other areas. They will have a delay in physical development as well as intellectual disability. There could be other problems including vision impairments, hearing impairments and congenital heart disease. The vast majority of people with Down syndrome have the non-mosaic type. Mosaic Down syndrome might not be easily spotted unless tests are done.
Evidence of non-mosaic Down syndrome will be determined based on laboratory findings. There must be a copy of the lab report with a test to establish this disorder. The report is technically referred to as the karyotype analysis. The SSA will not purchase this test and other tests are not acceptable as they do not provide any distinguishing difference between the different forms of Down syndrome that a person might have. There can also be a report from the physician based on the level of function and physical features and limitations consistent with non-mosaic Down syndrome. Any of these are sufficient to prove that the claimant is suffering from this disorder.
When a person has a loved one suffering from a form of Down syndrome, it's imperative that they receive the help they need for their disability with SSD benefits. Pursuing and receiving these benefits often hinges on the medical evidence provided. Speaking to a legal professional with experience in numerous types of claims for many different issues can help in receiving Social Security disability.
Source: ssa.gov, "10.00 Congenital Disorders That Affect Multiple Body Systems," accessed on June 8, 2015