While illiteracy, like many other concepts, has legal definitions, many people may mistakenly use the term to describe difficulties with reading and/or writing.
Because it is difficult to know what we don’t know especially when legal meanings are involved, it helps to have sounding boards, such as a personal advocate and a disability representative. In any case, errors made initially on Social Security forms need to be identified and addressed as soon as possible.
The result of not presenting a consistent functional ability statement can be a denial.
Martin v. Commissioner of Social Security, Case No. 13-10420 (D. E.D. Mich., S. Div., Feb. 17, 2014).