You have a child with a disability and the cost of caring for your child is rising.  Not sure what to do? Well there is help.  Did you know that the Social Security Administration offers Supplemental Income benefits to help with that care?  These benefits are available for children who are under the age of 18 and they meet the Social Security’s definition of disability for children.

According to the Social Security Administration, a child is considered disabled when a physical or mental condition, or combination, seriously limits your child’s activities.  The condition must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months.  Remember, Supplemental Security Income is not your medical assistance program.  It represents benefits paid for disabled children who have limited income and resources.

When you apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your child, you will be asked for detailed information about your child’s medical condition and how this condition affects his or her ability to function.  The Social Security Administration will want your permission to contact your child’s doctors, teachers, therapists and other professionals to obtain information about your child’s disability.  The application and supporting information will be forwarded to New York’s Disability Determination Services for review.

In the situation where your child was denied benefits, you can appeal the decision.  Since the appeal process is complex, it would be wise to contact an experienced New York Social Security Disability attorney.

The article, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children with Disabilities, has more information on this subject.

The Law Office of Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. can help you with the process. Contact our White Plains law firm today at (866) 205-2415 or 866-205-2415.