FAQ# 12: What about children, younger than 18, who have disabilities - By Salvador Benavidez

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FAQ# 12:   What about children, younger than 18, who have disabilities

Are they eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?  Yes, and it is also for adults who became disabled, prior to the age 22 and are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits.  I will address the SSI payments for children.  Similarly to the guidelines of an adult applying for SSI, the benefit is determined by considering the child’s income and resources as well as the income and resources of family member’s living in the child’s home.  This applies when the child is living at home, or if away as school but returns periodically and is still within your control.

  1. The income of the child and family member’s in the household are combined to determine eligibility;
  2.  The child must not be working and earning more than $1,130 a month;
  3. The child must have a mental or physical condition that severely limit’s the child’s daily activities (there is a list provided-Childhood Listings Part B) ;
  4. The disability must be expected to last at least 12 months or determined to result in death.

If you have a child with a severe medical condition, let’s discuss the possibility of getting assistance that may change the course of his/her future. 

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