When a person is disabled and unable to work, the Social Security Administration may provide disability benefits to give that person the financial resources he needs to survive. Depending on the situation, these benefits may be the only income that a person is receiving. In order to qualify for these disability benefits, people have to move through a rigorous application process.
Like adults, many children suffer from serious disabilities. These disabilities can both leave them unable to provide for themselves and cost their parents a lot of money in treatment costs. In certain circumstances, children in these situations will also qualify for disability benefits.
However, children are not exempt from the application process. In fact, children must meet the same or similar requirements in order to be approved. This means the SSA needs to have enough information about the child and the child’s disability to approve the application. This often requires that the family of the child sit for an interview with the SSA.
Pennsylvania families need to prepare for this interview in order to have the best chance to get the disability benefits that they need. This preparation needs to include gathering information about the child’s disability. To do this, a family should have a list of every doctor, hospital or medical professional that the child has seen. They should also have a list of medications that the child is taking and a copy of any medical records for the child.
In addition to medical information, families should have a certified copy of their child’s birth certificate, social security numbers for adults living with the child, the names and contact information for any social worker or case worker that has worked the the child and a copy of any educational plans that are in place for the child.
Finally, the family should bring financial information. This includes proof of income for the adults living in the child’s household. It also includes other financial resources the child’s parents might have.