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Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

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How do you apply for disability for your child or your children?

To apply for SSI disability for your children, you must contact the Social Security Administration to schedule an appointment for your child’s SSI disability claim.

In order to be prepared for your child’s disability interview, you will need to provide Social Security with information about the following:

A) Your child’s condition.
B) Your child’s medical treatment sources (i.e. doctors, hospitals, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc.).
C) Your child’s dates of treatment, medications, and testing.

It is advisable to write this information down prior to filing a disability application if your child has several medical treatment sources.

SSI disability is a needs based disability program that requires all applicants whether they are adults or children to meet strict income and resource limits. These non-disability requirements will be addressed during your child’s disability interview. Parental income and resources are counted toward this.

For instance, you will need to bring proof of your income and resources (for both parents if in the same household) and, of course, you will need to have knowledge of your child’s medical problems, physicians, and school information.

Additionally, you should bring in a certified birth certificate for the child (not the mother’s copy). If you have all of the above information, you are prepared to apply for your child’s disability.

How is a child disability claim evaluated? As with other types of disability claims, the medical evidence provides the foundation for the case. However, unlike claims for adults, SSA will not be looking at work history, obviously. Instead, the focus will be on whether or not your child is able to engage in age-appropriate activities.

For additional information, please review the link in the upper lefthand menu (sidebar) titled "Social Security Disability and SSI Applications".

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria