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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.

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Why Are Child SSI Cases Often Turned Down By Social Security Disability Examiners?
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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

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What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?
How do you find out if a Social Security disability claim has been approved or even denied?
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
More differences between Social Security Disability and SSI