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Can Disabled Children Receive Assistance From the SSA?

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides two types of benefit programs to adults and children who may need financial assistance if they are disabled and unable to work. The SSA’s Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs both provide benefits, but the eligibility requirements for the two differ. In some situations, a child who is disabled may be eligible for benefits under the SSI program. However, there is a process that must be followed and documentation that must be completed before such benefits can be paid.

Eligibility Requirements  

In order for a child to be eligible to receive benefits from the SSI program, he or she must be under the age of 18 or 22 if he or she is enrolled in school, has a debilitating illness, disability, or condition, and falls within the income eligibility limits. Income limits for a child who is not blind state that the child cannot earn more than $1,260 a month in 2020, while a child who is blind cannot earn more than $2,110 a month.

In some cases, a portion of the parents’ income and resources will also be factored into the eligibility determination for a child. This is only the case if the child is under the age of 18, lives with his or her parents, is not married, and the parents do not receive their own SSI benefits or Public Income Maintenance payments.

Determining if Your Child’s Condition Is Considered a Disability

Not everyone who applies for SSI benefits for their child will receive them. The SSA has a specific and strict definition that a child’s disability must meet before benefits can be paid. To be considered a disability, your child’s condition:

  • Can be physical or mental in nature, but must severely limit his or her activities

  • Must be expected to last at least one year or end in death

The SSA has a list of specific conditions or Compassionate Allowances (CAL) on their website that is known and certified to qualify as disabling conditions for SSDI and SSI programs. Identifying one of these conditions can help speed up the process for your SSI claim for your child. Some qualifying conditions include:

  • Down syndrome

  • Total blindness and/or deafness

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Certain cancers

  • Severe intellectual disability

Contact a Jefferson County Social Security Benefits Attorney

If you are the parent of a child with a disability, you know how much of a blessing it is, but you also know how financially stressful it can be. A disabled child typically has different needs than that of other children, which typically come with a higher price tag. In some circumstances, you may qualify for help from the SSI program; however, many applications are denied upon the first submittal. If your application for SSI for your disabled child has been denied, you should contact the Bucher Law Group, LLC. Our knowledgeable Waukesha County Social Security benefits lawyers will help you fight for the benefits that your child deserves. Call our office today at 262-303-4916 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10026.pdf

https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-child-ussi.htm

 

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