Dixon v. Heckler

In Dixon v. Heckler, 811 F.2d 506 (10th Cir.1987), the claimant had completed six or seven years of formal schooling, but she testified that she could not read a newspaper, and both she and her sister testified that she could not write. The court concluded that although "there was evidence that the claimant could read, albeit with difficulty," a finding of literacy was not supported by the evidence because there was "simply no indication that the claimant could 'write a simple message such as instructions or inventory lists,' " a prerequisite, according to the court, to a finding of literacy under the regulations. Dixon, 811 F.2d at 510.