Seeking Social Security Benefits With Narcolepsy Disability


Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA) covers Americans with various types of disorders. Narcolepsy is one of them.

Individuals with disabilities who can perform the essential functions that go with any job, in the normal course and they are qualified as well, shall not be discriminated. They will get equal protection and encouragement in areas like hiring, recruitment, pay and allowances, in-service training programs, leave, job assignments and other benefits. Even in the matter of providing accommodation, unless the employer can prove that providing such a facility would cause undue hardship to him, the employer is required to provide it to the person with disability.

The onus of proving your disability to the satisfaction of the employer rests on you. If you have narcolepsy, explain it to him and discuss your difficulties in getting along with it in relation to your job profile. You need to have the necessary medical history and the opinion of your doctor to convince your employer about the type of accommodation that you want.

The special benefits may include longer breaks which you can make up by working extra time; modification in work schedules; providing enough time for you to have a nap, during the normal working hours of the day; change in your job profile as such, if you find the job too difficult to cope up with.

That you suffer from narcolepsy does not mean you are the candidate selected for the disability benefit. What is the extent of your suffering and the severity of symptoms and how it is actively interfering with your normal function and how it restricts your efficiency will define the benefits for you.

If the symptoms are hard to control and if your medication is too hard which has resulted in side effects and further complications, and if you just can't continue with your normal time-table of work, your application for temporary or long term financial support might be considered.

You need to put forth your claim by applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplementary Income Benefits (SSI). The normal 3 stages are involved. The initial Claim, if not approved, Request for Reconsideration and if still not through, Request for Hearing.

Persons with narcolepsy have peculiar, their own special problems. Time is their enemy. They are unable to work within the allotted time-schedule and therefore the ADA directs ‘special, out of the ordinary facilities must be provided to them’. Their level of alertness is not constant, it is fluctuating always. The Disability Guidance Counselor will help you to document your disability. They will specify the type of accommodation that you need.