Most people are familiar with the standard definition of disability as it applies to adults. However, fewer people are aware that children are also entitled to disability payments under Supplemental Security Income, and, in some cases, Disability Insurance Benefits. Over the next few posts, I will be talking about these benefits. I am going to start with the most common type of children’s benefits, Child’s Supplemental Security Income. This benefit is payable to disabled children under the age of 18. The standard is slightly different than the adult standard, but both require the impairment to be severe and to last, or be expected to last, for at least one year. Like SSI payments to adults, child’s SSI is a needs based program. So in addition to having a disabling impairment, Social Security has established requirements for income and resources. They will look at the income and resources of the child’s household to determine whether they can qualify for benefits. If the income and resources are too high, benefits will be denied.
Next time, we will look at the standard that Social Security uses when evaluating a Child’s SSI case. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.