Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs Applying for Disability Benefits

Originally posted on Special Education Advisor

By Molly Clarke

Applying for Disability Benefits for Your Child
Caring for a special needs child can be a full time job—at home research, medical appointments, and finding trustworthy supportive care may cause parents to reach unexpected financial and emotional obstacles. If you or a loved one can no longer financially support a child with an illness or disability, it may be time to explore the Social Security Disability options available to you.

Supplemental Security Income
The Social Security Administration (SSA) controls two separate disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI is an adult disability program in which basic eligibility is at least partially based on employment history. SSI, on the other hand, is based on financial need and is available to disabled individuals of all ages. If you are the parent or guardian of a special needs child, you will need to apply for benefits through the SSI program.

Below you will find tips to help you complete the application process and to increase your chance of receiving disability benefits for your child.

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If you live in Illinois and would like more information about applying for disability benefits for your special needs child, please call Family Matters at 866-436-7842!

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