Taylor v. Colvin, No. 15-3529 (7th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Taylor has an IQ of 70-75. In her twenties, living with her mother, and never having worked, Taylor needs help to get dressed, wash her hair, and take her medications. She can do simple household chores, very slowly and only if reminded, sometimes repeatedly. She cannot drive and cries when she feels overwhelmed. She has poor depth perception and is clumsy. She has seizures and debilitating headaches that require her to sleep during the day. She has a history of kidney problems. A social security field officer interviewed her regarding her application for Supplemental Security Income benefits and reported that her “capability [of working] is questionable.” A psychologist found her verbal comprehension to be particularly low and deemed her “incapable of managing her funds independently.” Taylor had volunteered an hour a week at the public library folding brochures, cutting slips and notices, and affixing labels. The librarian reported that Taylor “completes her tasks well” but “has problems following procedures unless she has a list to follow, which her mother created.” The librarian said she “would hesitate in giving [Taylor] any more responsibilities” The Seventh Circuit reversed the denial of benefits, stating “there is no evidence to support the administrative law judge’s conjecture” that Taylor could work full-time.