Find out for FREE if your child qualifies for SSI
When your child has physical or mental impairments that keep him or her from functioning like other children the same age, you know how challenging this can be.
A lot of parents don’t realize that the federal government has a disability benefits program that could help: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for children.
But to win SSI – and get help paying for much-needed medical equipment, therapy or tutors – the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires you to prove the extent of your child’s disability first.
The SSA is a massive government agency with thousands of rules. Most people get turned down when they first apply for childhood SSI benefits. But at Nash Disability Law, we know Chicagoland people are tough and full of grit and determination.
With some law firms, you won’t see a lawyer until minutes before your child has a hearing with a judge. Terrible idea.
We take time to sit with you in person – or consult on the phone – to build your child’s best case for benefits.
At Nash Disability Law, you pay nothing until you win benefits. And it costs nothing for you to learn more. If you’re wondering whether your child qualifies for SSI, give us a call. We will evaluate your family’s situation for free.
What is the SSI definition of disability for children?
For children to qualify for SSI, they must meet all of these conditions:
- Your child must be under 18, or age 18 but not yet graduated from high school.
- Your child must have “marked and severe functional limitations,” which means they are unable to function on the same level as other children the same age.
- Your child’s impairment has lasted or is expected to last at least a year.
What medical conditions qualify for childhood SSI?
Social Security has a special list of medical impairments for children, which is different from the list for adults needing disability benefits.
Some diseases affect children differently than adults. Some diseases only happen to children, such as developmental and growth disorders.
If you have any questions about whether your child’s health qualifies him or her for SSI benefits, it costs you nothing to learn more.
What financial requirements does your family have to meet?
Childhood SSI takes into account the financial situation of the family. But something a lot of parents don’t understand is that you can be working a regular job and your family may still be eligible for childhood SSI benefits. Here are the family financial factors that SSA may assess:
- Your family is receiving state assistance, food stamps or Medicaid.
- Your household income is under certain limits determined on a scale set by Social Security. Generally, you can earn up to $36,000 a year as a single parent.
- In a two-parent household, both parents can earn together up to $44,000.
How does Nash Disability Law help your child?
Winning disability benefits for children requires gathering and submitting certain kinds of evidence. A lot of law firms simply won’t handle childhood SSI cases. But the lawyers at Nash Disability Law have a particular passion for helping children and families. Important evidence in your child’s case may include:
- Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for special education services from your child’s school.
- Section 504 plans from your child’s school, which outline special accommodations the school makes for your
- Medical records on your child’s health condition.
- Observations from people who see or work with your child daily.
You may want to consider SSI for your child if he or she is struggling in school. If your child is having a hard time keeping up academically or socially with other children, childhood SSI could well make a big difference for your family.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT SSI OR WANT TO FIND OUT IF YOUR CHILD QUALIFIES, DON’T HESITATE TO CALL US AT NASH DISABILITY LAW.