Disabled children from birth to age 18 may be eligible for Supplemental Income benefits (SSI) as long as they have little or no income or other assets.
The definition of disability is just as narrow for a child as it is for an adult. The definition is a legal one :
(1) The child must have a disability, be it mental or physical, that very seriously limits activities; and
(2) That disability is expected to last 12 months or end in death
Your child's school records and medical source records are reviewed, as well as others who are involved with the child. Your child may need further evaluation or testing, and the Social Security state agency will do this at their expense.
When deciding whether your child is eligible for benefits, the application must be filed. Their medical and school records are reviewed as well as other considerations. Other considerations include family household income, other assets or resources available to the child and other personal information. The review can take as little as 90 days to 5 months to render a decision on your child's claim for SSI.
This blog is intended for information purposes only and does not establish legal representation or financial guidance.