Social Security Disability for Children
Children younger than age 18 can qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if he or she meets Social Security's definition of disability for children and if his or her income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. While different than Social Security Disability, SSI is also administered by the SSA, and many people use the terms interchangeably.
Social Security Disability - Children Benefits
In addition to meeting the Social Security Administration's definition of disability (the child's condition results in "marked and severe functional limitations" for at least 12 continuous months), those who apply for Social Security Disability for children or SSI for children must also meet financial need requirements. The SSA will consider the child's income and resources as well as the income and resources of family members living in the child's household. The amount of Social Security Disability children benefits is different from one state to another because some states add to the SSI payment. Your local Social Security office can tell you more about your state's total SSI payment.
For some medical conditions the SSA will provide SSI benefits payments right away and for up to six months while the state agency decides if your child is disabled. These conditions include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Down syndrome
- HIV infection
- Total blindness
- Total deafness
- Muscular dystrophy
- Severe mental retardation (children age 7 or older)
- Birth weight below 2 pounds, 10 ounces
Social Security Disability for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
According to the SSA, for children to receive SSI for ADHD they must possess marked inattention, marked impulsiveness, and marked hyperactivity. In addition, they must have at least two of the three following conditions resulting from ADHD:
- Marked impairment in age-appropriate cognitive/communication function.
- Marked impairment in age-appropriate social functioning.
- Marked impairment in age-appropriate personal functioning.
While it can be difficult for a child to be approved for disability benefits under the SSA's ADHD listing, Binder & Binder® may be able to help you pursue your claim.
Social Security Disability for Children with Autism
According to the SSA, for children to receive SSI for Autism, they must possess all three of the following:
- Qualitative deficits in the development of reciprocal social interaction
- Qualitative deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication and in imaginative activity
- Markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests
In addition, children must show a marked lack of age-appropriate level of functioning in gross or fine motor development; cognitive/communicative function; social functioning; personal functioning; and/or maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace.
Filing for Social Security Disability for Your Child
Successfully applying for SSI can take a great deal of time due to government red tape and many people turn to attorneys or advocates for help. At Binder & Binder®, the national Social Security Disability advocates, our clients don't have to worry about dealing with the government. We do it for them. If your child has a disability, call Binder & Binder® at 1-800-66-BINDER or contact us online for a free initial consultation.