When is the appropriate time to contact SSA for an appointment to file for disability for my disabled son?
When is the appropriate time to contact the SSA for an appointment to file for Social Security for my disabled son (autism), who will turn 18 in three months? I have been getting conflicting information from professionals; one says 3-6 months before he turns 18, the other says wait until age 18 or he will be denied. Thank you.
Wait until he is age 18. If you file prior to that age, your income and resources count against his eligibility for SSI. Also, it is much easier to get an age eighteen determination on the system with Social Security. Basically, it is just easier in every way to wait.
About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.
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