On September 5, 2017 Nancy Berryhill, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), announced the addition of three medical impairments to the Compassionate Allowances list. The SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program identifies disability applications where the claimant’s disease or medical condition obviously meets Social Security’s definition of disability. There are more than 200 medical conditions included in this program. If you have a condition that is included within the Compassionate Allowances program, then your claim will be fast tracked for approval.


The three conditions added to the program are: CACH – Vanishing White Matter Disease-Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms; Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy; and, Kleefstra Syndrome.


CACH – Vanishing White Matter Disease – Infantile and Childhood Onset Forms


CACH stands for Childhood Ataxia with Central Nervous System Hyopmyelination. This condition destroys myelin, which is the brain’s white matter.


Common symptoms of CACH – Vanishing White Matter Disease include:


  • Coma
  • Episodes of fever
  • Muscle spasms and tightness
  • Lethargy
  • Early death
  • Seizures
  • Mental impairment
  • Motor dysfunction
  • Optic atrophy


Unfortunately there is no cure for this condition.


Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy


Congential myotonic dystrophy is the childhood form of Steinert’s disease. Usually symptoms begin at birth and include:


  • Respiratory difficulty
  • Feeding difficulty
  • Mental retardation and intellectual disability
  • Impaired motor function
  • Irregular bowel habits
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Generalized weakness throughout the body, including the upper and lower limbs


Kleefstra Syndrome


Kleefstra Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes many physical and mental problems. These include:


  • Trouble sleeping
  • Developmental delay
  • Learning disability
  • Delayed speech
  • Low muscle tone
  • Heart conditions
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • Respiratory infections
  • Unusual features in the hands and feet
  • Unusual eye features
  • Hearing impairment
  • Seizures


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with one of these conditions, then you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) without the need for a Social Security hearing or a Social Security disability lawyer. Read the articles on our website for more information on preparing your application.


If you’ve been denied benefits and would like to appeal your Social Security claim, then call, text, or email Corey Pollard today. Find out why he’s been voted one of the best disability attorneys in Newport News and Richmond. Your consultation is free. And there is no fee unless you get approved.




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