The Spokesman-Review reports on a teenager who is deaf in one ear, and blind in one eye, but can not get social security benefits. This teen has the disease neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF-2) and almost certainly will become totally deaf and blind. And that's before the disease kills him as it did his father (it is hereditary). Yet, the government is denying him social security disability benefits.
If anyone deserves social security disability benefits, in my opinion it is this teenager. In my opinion, he is more severely disabled (even if he can still see out of one eye and hear out of one ear) by the persistent tumors from NF-2 than a fully seeing, not otherwise disabled deaf person who is capable of working but chooses to receive social security disability. Heck, this young man may not even live to become a father himself.