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It is important to understand that a child may qualify for many of the same SSI benefits that an adult is eligible for. Do you know if your child qualifies? Applying for SSI benefits can be complicated so it pays to have a professional on your side to help guide you through the process. When it comes to SSI for disabled children, here is some information you should know.

SSI For Disabled Children: Defined

If your child is under the age of 18, and has a condition that is medically proven physical or mental impairment; this includes an emotional or learning problems, they may be considered disabled. The term medically proven consists of:

  • Results of tests are evident and demonstrate severe functional limitations
  • The disability can be expected to result in death
  • The disability lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of 12 months or more

SSI For Disabled Children: Eligibility Requirements

  • A child may be eligible for SSI disability benefits starting from the time of birth; there is no minimum age requirement
  • A child may be eligible for SSI disability benefits until he or she turns 18
  • When the child turns 18, he or she will be evaluated again for impairments based on the definition of disability for adults
  • A child with a visual impairment may be eligible for SSI benefits based on blindness if the impairment meets the definition of blindness

More information on the definition of blindness and for the qualifications of adult disability, please visit

Get Help for Your Disabled Child Today!

The application process and requirement for SSI for disabled children can be complicated and confusing. Grech Law Firm offers SSI For Disabled Children services to help you and your family get what you deserve. Call (586) 580-9978 to learn more about how Grech Law Firm can help you.

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