Unusual News – Social Security Considers Puerto Ricans Living in Spanish-Speaking Puerto Rico “Disabled” if they don’t Speak English – AllGov – News

Although Puerto Rico is an American territory, the predominant language there is Spanish. This fact appears to have been lost on the Social Security Administration (SSA), which has declared some Puerto Ricans who don’t speak English to be disabled for the purpose of receiving government payments.

report (pdf) by the SSA’s inspector general found 218 cases in Puerto Rico from 2011 to 2013 in which disability status had been given to those because of their limited English skills. Which, according to SSA guidelines, expressed on a grid containing age, language skills and other factors, might make sense.

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