Children’s SSD Benefits
Disabled minor children may qualify for Social Security Supplemental Income Benefits (SSI).
There are two requirements, medical eligibility and financial eligibility:
1) they are “disabled” by their medically determined impairments, and
2) the family is low income/has low assets.
Remember that “disability” and handicap are not the same thing. A handicap is not necessarily disabling. A child with one arm, for example, may be able to run and play most sports competitively with his/her peers, and the child may outdo his/her peers academically. Such a child would not be “disabled” by his/her handicap.
It is actually quite difficult to prove that a child is “disabled.” Generally, it requires a showing that the child is performing substantially worse than other children of the same age-group, both at home and at school.
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