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Only one of the Social Security disability programs addresses disability for children, and that is the Supplemental Security disability program, or SSI program as it is more commonly referred to.

How does a child qualify to receive SSI disability benefits? Remember Supplemental Security Income is a need-based program, so the parents of the disabled child must meet the income and resource limits established by the Social Security Administration.

Once it has been established that the family meets the income and resource rules of SSI, the child must meet the medical disability criteria of the SSI disability program.

How does the Social Security Administration establish the child’s medical entitlement to SSI benefits? Social Security will set up a disability interview with a parent or guardian, so that information about the child’s medical history can be obtained.

You (parent or guardian) should be prepared to provide functional information about your child, as well as the names, telephone numbers, and address of the child’s treating physicians, clinics, hospitals, and dates of treatment.

The Social Security office will send your child’s claim to the state disability-processing agency for processing. If the state disability agency is able to acquire enough current information from the sources you provided, they will make a disability determination.

However, if the available medical information is not enough to make a decision, your child will have to attend a consultative examination with a physician provided by Social Security.

If the state disability agency finds your child to be disabled, your local Social Security office will contact you to make an appointment to review your income and resources. This is to make sure that you (parents or guardian) still meet the income and resource limits. Of course if you will meet all the income and resource criteria for the SSI program, your child will be entitled to receive a disability benefit.

Additional information:

Will my children get benefits if I get disability?

How to apply for disability benefits for children








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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


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

Filing an application for disability
Filing for disability - where to go
Qualifying for disability
Winning disability benefits, how to win
Winning disability for a mental condition
Social Security Disability Back pay, SSD, SSI
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria