We Help Children Qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income provides financial assistance for basic needs (food, clothing, and shelter). Children who are blind or disabled may be eligible for SSI benefits if their families lack the resources to provide for their special needs.
The eligibility rules for SSI for children are very technical and confusing. At Spector and Lenz, PC, our experienced and compassionate attorneys help Illinois families obtain these needed benefits.
SSI Eligibility for Blind and Disabled Children
Children under the age of 18 can receive SSI benefits if they meet the financial and medical criteria. Some conditions are considered automatically eligible:
- Visual impairment (blindness) under the Social Security Disability definition
- Certain listed impairments such as autism, mental retardation, childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, asthma, or sickle cell disease
Children with other physical and mental conditions may still qualify if their condition impairs two or more areas of life function. The skilled lawyers of Spector and Lenz can help document that your child meets SSA’s disability definition.
The Social Security Administration uses a complex formula that considers the income and resources of the parents, stepparents, and child. Our attorneys can counsel you on how your child may meet the financial criteria.
Our Experience Can Make a Difference for Your Child
Our lead attorney, Deborah Spector, has 40-plus years of experience with Social Security Disability claims, including SSI for children.