When people generally think of disability benefits, they usually think of a person of a certain age. While it’s true that the elderly are known for being candidates to receive Social Security benefits, all ages could potentially qualify to receive the financial support. The reality is that some children are born at a disadvantage, that, being that they have some sort of disability, it will affect their ability to achieve certain things and it will put additional costs on his or her caretaker. That being said, a child could be a candidate to receive Supplemental Security Income.
Naturally the funds need be sought out by and managed by the child’s parent or legal guardian. And since most disabled children aren’t aware of the concept of disability benefits, it is the parents’ or caretakers’ responsibility to seek out this financial support and manage it appropriately. But where does one start? The good news is that the process can begin right from a place of convenience as beginning the process of applying for SSI benefits for a child can be done online.
While that’s a great start, it won’t be the last step in the process. Truth be told, there will be several steps before one can begin to receive and manage SSI for their disabled child. It’s possible one could even be turned away, especially if their paperwork isn’t managed properly. A child could well be a candidate for SSI, but if the proper proof isn’t represented, the SSA could deny or hold up the request based on that.
That’s what happens to some people and it’s no wonder as the process isn’t always as straight-forward as one might think. Sometimes these things can take time too; time one may not have if in a tight money situation due to the hardship of a child’s disability. However, SSI does exist and it’s possible your child could be a candidate to receive benefits. Help them become their best self by procuring financial support.
Source: ssa.gov, “Apply For Disability Benefits – Child (Under Age 18),” Accessed August 28, 2017