This is what the requirements were when I applied, and I was approved about a week ago. My designation does not start until Dec 1st, and I am 24 years old, I got lucky and it shows that there is hope. I also live in Canada though so I am not quite sure how much harder it is to get on disability there.
Definition of Persons with Disabilities:
* A person with disabilities is a person with a physical or mental impairment who is significantly restricted in his or her ability to perform daily living activities either "continuously or periodically for extended periods" and, as a result of these restrictions, requires assistance with daily living activities. Assistance could come from another person, an assistance animal or an assistive device.
* The legislation establishes a disability "designation" which is maintained unless a review shows that a person's situation has changed. Periodically, the ministry will review files. If during the review additional information from a health professional is needed, the person will be asked to submit a new physician and/or assessor report.
* The legislation focuses on functional limitations, which makes the definition of disability consistent with human rights case law.
* The criteria specifically address those individuals with mental health disorders.
* The criteria also include those with episodic illnesses by acknowledging that restrictions to daily living activities can be continuous or periodic for extended periods.
* It also states that your condition has to be either lifelong or expected to last 2 or more years.
If they ever review me fine, but I'm not going to get better unless they find a cure so I'm not worried about it. I had to quit my job and go on welfare in order to get on this, and it took 2 months for them to decide. The main reason a lot of people get denied when they first try is because they usually do not have enough information and were denied so more can be sent in. If you are going to apply make sure you get your application as detailed as possible.
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