Childrens’ Disability Benefits
What you Should Know Before You Apply For SSI Disability Benefits For A Child
Children from birth up to age 18 may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
benefits. They must be disabled and they must have little or no income and resources.
Here are answers to some questions people ask about applying for SSI for children.
How Does Social Security Decide If A Child Is Disabled?
Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children.
The child must have a physical or mental condition(s) that very seriously limits his or her activities; and the condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least 1 year or result in death.
A state agency makes the disability decision. They review the information you provide. They will also ask for information from medical and school sources and other people who know about the child.
If the state agency needs more information, they will arrange an examination or test for the child, which Social Security will pay for.
How Does Social Security Decide If A Child Can Get SSI?
Children can get SSI if they meet Social Security’s definition of disability for children and if they have little or no income and resources. Social Security will also consider the family’s household income, resources and other personal information.