Experts estimate that one out of 100 people suffer from what the mental health community now refers to as an "intellectual" disability. In practice, this means that hundreds of thousands of California residents have limited intellectual functioning, to the point of having their professional and personal lives affected significantly. In many cases, someone with an intellectual disability may have a hard time holding a job or even performing basic life tasks.
Even if San Diego residents have an illness or injury that prevents them from working, there is still a possibility that a claim for Social Security Disability benefits will get denied, at least in the initial stages. What this means is that California residents who are applying for SSD benefits should be fully prepared for the possibility that they will need to ask for a review hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The problem with these hearings is that they get scheduled weeks or even months out. Some people may even need to wait over a year for a hearing.