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SSI Disability Benefits For Children

There is no shame in needing help to cover the cost of raising a child who has a disability.

At McKown, Whitehurst & Myers, LLP, we know how difficult it can be to raise and take care of kids even when they are perfectly healthy. We also understand the emotional and financial strain that families experience when one or more of their children have a disability.

Our attorneys are available to help families throughout Indiana with Supplemental Security Income ( SSI) claims and appeals. Disability claims have been a major part of our practice for many years, and we have developed much in the way of knowledge and resources that can help you. We even have a large network of qualified medical professionals with whom we work and to whom we may be able to get your child referred.

Where Do Children's Disability Benefits Come From?

Generally, children under the age of 18 are not eligible to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The reason is that a person's SSD eligibility is based on having worked for at least five of the past 10 years. As a result, children's disability benefits are administered through Supplemental Security Income or SSI, the needs-based companion to the Social Security Disability program.

Here are just a few of the many impairments that can qualify children for disability and Medicaid benefits under the Supplemental Security Income program:

  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Juvenile diabetes
  • Total blindness or deafness
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Severe mental disability
  • Birth weights under 2 pounds, 10 ounces
  • Muscular dystrophy

For more information on children's disability claims or specific SSD and SSI qualifying impairments, visit the SSA's official website.

Get The Help And Benefits Your Family Needs Today

To speak with a lawyer about your child's situation at no cost, call us directly using our local or toll-free number at 765-293-7901. You can also contact our Indiana children's disability attorneys online, and someone from our office will get back to you shortly.