Friday, October 8, 2010

October is Disablity Emplyment Awareness Month - FYI-SSA


Today, we highlight the Social Security Administration and Disability Benefits for children with disabilities.  This includes adult children with disabilities. 
There are different benefits, criteria and definitions for adults with disabilities.  (

Individuals may have medical, academic or employee-based appraisals for a disability.  This disability status does not automatically extend to the governmental entity of  the Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Administration follows strict guidelines for determining benefit eligibility for individuals with developmental disabilities(i.e., autism, asperger syndrome, pdd.nos).  The same holds true for people with intellectual, physical, emotional and mental disabilities (i.e., Down Syndrome, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, quadriplegic, muscular distrophy, degenerative diseases,etc...).

Here is the most recent info. and links we found on the Social Security Administration online site.
I. Benefits for disabled children.
Updated 09/27/2010 12:58 PM
Answer ID156

Do disabled children qualify for benefits?  Yes.
There are two Social Security disability programs children can qualify for:
1. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program
2. The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program (an adult child, age 18 or older)

II. Definition of disability for children filing for SSI.
Updated 09/20/2010 01:23 PM
Answer ID1381

What is the definition of disability for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program.

Go to  for additional information on how we decide if a child under age 18 is disabled.

The Child Disability Starter Kit can help you to get ready to complete the report or prepare for the disability interview. Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local Social Security Office.
Know your Social Security Disability Rights.


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