More people are going on disability than ever before, despite new technological advancements and legal protections available for American workers. According to a recent report, the federal government spends more annually on disability payments than it does on food stamps and welfare combined.
Often, people can’t predict whether they’ll need government support, as someone could develop an impairment at any age, including young children. Under federal law, a child may be legally impaired if their condition significantly impacts their ability to live their daily lives.
Meeting the qualifications
Children can qualify for Supplemental Security Income from the moment they’re born. When the child turns 18, their circumstances often get reevaluated and they may or may not be eligible for support as adults. In some cases, students under age 22 attending school could still receive Social Security benefits typically meant for children.
Common reasons kids may receive SSI
These are a few ways kids could qualify:
- They are blind: Blindness can create significant adversity for anyone who suffers from it. Children who are blind or significantly visually impaired may be able to get SSI if their condition is expected to last or has been continuous for at least one year or will result in death.
- Their parents become disabled or die: If a parent loses their ability to work or dies, this can create financial hardships for any child. In these instances, the child may be able to receive SSI or the surviving parent may be able to obtain higher payments if they have a child.
- They have severe mental disorders: Children with psychiatric disorders like ADHD, autism, anxiety or depression may have a harder time performing in school or socializing with others. Depending on the severity of their disorder, children may be able to get SSI while coping with such adversity.
Having the necessary support is crucial
Life can throw unexpected curveballs at anyone. However, when children are born with severe impairments or have to deal with unfortunate circumstances, they must get the proper financial support to live their lives.