What SSD benefits are available for children with disabilities?

Hearing that a loved one is suffering from a disabling illness is difficult news to process. It is especially challenging for parents when they find out that a child has a serious illness. One is never prepared for caring for a child in such a way, it can become emotionally and financially consuming. In these matters, Social Security Disability is possible, even though a child has not worked a day or earned SSDI credits.

What SSD benefits are available for children with disabilities? Children are eligible for both Supplemental Security Income benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. With regard to SSI, children under the age of 18 can apply for these benefits if they have an eligible disability. In addition, adults who became disabled during childhood, which is prior to age 22, may also be eligible for SSDI benefits. This is considered to be a child’s benefit because it is paid based on the earnings of the parents.

To be eligible for SSI benefits, a child must not only meet the requirements of the definitions of a disability, but they must not be working or making more than $1,170 per month. With regard to disability requirements, this means that the child must either suffer from a physical or mental condition that results in marked and severe functional limitation. Additionally, this condition must be disabling or be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.

Just like an adult applicant, a child must go through the same complex and often lengthy process. This could result in a denied application. Applicants in the Kissimmee are who were denied benefits based on their initial application can appeal the decision. This could help achieve a favorable decision, and allow the applicant to receive SSD benefits.

Source: SSA.gov, “Benefits For Children With Disabilities,” accessed May 6, 2017


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