Certain types of cancer qualify for Social Security or SSI disability benefits automatically after you have a simple diagnosis. For other types of cancer, whether benefits will be automatically granted depends on how far the cancer has progressed.
Most people who apply for disability for heart conditions are evaluated under the SSA impairment listings for ischemic heart disease or chronic heart failure.
Social Security treats disorders of the immune system seriously, and has disability listings that lay out the criteria for qualifying for disability for most of these diseases.
The disability listings contain criteria that the disorders must meet to be considered disabling. But even if your disorder doesn't "meet" the listing, if you can prove you can't do even a simple, unskilled job due to emotional, psychiatric, or brain-related problems, you could get disability benefits.
Because this system encompasses so many different areas of your body, a problem somewhere within that system can disable you from working.
Social Security approves disability benefits for serious cases of epilepsy, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other nerve-based diseases.
For most of these disorders, the SSA awards disability based on the results of breathing tests. For episodic disorders like asthma and recurrent infections, the SSA will look at how frequently you have episodes that require medical care.
Senses and Speech
If your hearing or vision doesn't meet Social Security's published standards, you still might be able to get disability benefits if there are no jobs you can do given your age, education, prior job skills, and other medical symptoms.