Social security: SSI services for disabled children | Opinion
Social security: SSI services for disabled children |  Opinion

Social security: SSI services for disabled children | Opinion

Did you know that Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash payments to children with disabilities whose families have limited income and resources?

A child must meet all of the following disability requirements to be considered medically eligible for SSI:

• If the child is not blind, do not work or earn more than $ 1,350 per month in 2022. If the child is blind, do not work or earn more than $ 2,260 in 2022. Earnings amounts usually change each year to keep up with inflation.

• The child must have one or more medical conditions that result in “marked and severe functional limitations.” This means that the condition / conditions must very severely limit the child’s activities.

• The child’s condition (s) must last for at least one year or be expected to result in death.

Some older teens may have part-time jobs or be involved in work programs, which may affect eligibility for SSI. In addition, if an unmarried child under the age of 18 lives at home, we may consider some of the parents’ income as the child’s income. We take into account the parents and their other children living in the home when we take into account the parents’ income. You can learn more about children’s services in our publication, Services for children with disabilities

We also help children – and adults – through our Compassionate Allowances program. Compassionate Allowances is a way to quickly identify conditions that by definition meet our standard for disability benefits. You can read the terms and conditions at Compassionate Allowances can help reduce the waiting time for us to make a disability decision for children with the most severe disabilities. Thousands of children receive benefits because they have a condition on this list, but children with conditions not on this list can still qualify for SSI.

If you are or know a parent, guardian, caregiver or representative of a child who you believe may be eligible, please visit our Disability Services – Apply for a Child (Under 18) at to learn more and begin an application.

Danny Zimmerman is the Social Security District Manager in Maryville, Missouri.

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