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Teenage boy emotional impairment, now on drugsAnonymous4-02-06  11:55 am
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c. kramer

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Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2001 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My grandson has been diagnosed with pdd. He is only 3yrs and 3 months. This diagnosis includes degrees of autism. It has been very difficult in caring for him. He is in school to teach him how to speak and respond to people and circumstances in a manner in which he is understood. Is autism recognized as a disability. Benefits would certainly help him.
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Paul McChesney

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Posted on Monday, February 26, 2001 - 8:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, if it is severe enough, and if the parents with whom he resides have a low enough income, he might be eligible for SSI. I would talk to a local attorney who seems good at these cases. Give me your state and nearest large city and I might be able to suggest one for you.
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Anonymous

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Posted on Friday, March 02, 2001 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

my child was diagnosed with autism. i want to know how much income is to much for him to receive benefits. my husband works full time and i need a figure before i proceed.

Reply by Paul Call 1 800 772 1213, the SSA help line. They will either tell you he doesn't qualify, because of your husband's income, or else will set an appointment and calculate it there. I am working on a table to show this, but it is very complicated and it is not safe to assume he doesn't qualify.
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Anonymous

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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2001 - 1:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My 5 year old daughter was diagnosed with autism. She is on Medidicaid and gets a SSI check. Her father and I are divorced if my boyfriend moves in with me will that stop her check?
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Paul McChesney

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Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 - 8:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would be afraid to say yes or no. Changes in living arrangements will sometimes affect the amount of a check. Rules vary state by state; for example the outcome might be different in a state that recognizes common law marriages. You should check with your local social security office, or perhaps legal aid or a local attorney who handles a lot of SSI cases. A question like this cannot be answered without detailed income information and a knowledge of your state's law.
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Jona Snead

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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2001 - 3:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My son is 6yrs old. He has severe ADHD and has meds to help him out somewhat. He also has a learning disability.. He was hurt by his father at 4 mths of age so were trying to see if this has had any affects on him. I am wondering if I can get SSI for him and how to go about doing it.
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Paul McChesney (Admin)

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Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2001 - 8:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can file yourself, but I would talk to an attorney first. Your son might qualify for legal aid if income is low enough, or you could talk to a private attorney. It is difficult to say from what facts you give me whether your son might actually qualify. The ADHD has to affect his ability to function in a significant way, and his records will need to reflect that.
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Angela Ferrell

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Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2001 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would like to know if their is anyone with a case similar to my sons on or trying to get on SSI/Disability. He was born 2 months early with congestive heart failure. He has been on heart med.'s since birth. He also receives breathing treatments and I monitor his heart through out the day. He has Wolfe, Parkinson, White Syndrome/acute severe ventricular tachacardia's.He is in the ER atleast once per month to receive life saving treatment. They turned him down once already.

Reply by Paul Your son's case sounds serious. You should appeal that decision. You should get an attorney.
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DIANA DAVIS

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Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2001 - 9:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN GETTING SSI FOR 4 YEARS, 3 OF THOSE YEARS SHE WAS IN FOSTER CARE UNDER DSS CUSTODY.SHE WAS GETTING THE MAX AMOUNT,ALTHOUGH DSS WAS GETTING THE CHECK NOT ME.DSS HANDLED ALL THE PAPER WORK WITH SOCIAL SECURITY. AFTER THE ADOPTION, SOCIAL SECURITY BILLED ME AND MY DAUGHTER FOR OVER $5000.00 IN OVERPAYMENT. THEY SAID MY FOSTER CARE SUBSIDY WAS TOO MUCH. THAT SUBSIDY WAS NOT SUPPOSE TO COUNT AS HER INCOME,FOSTER KIDS HAVE NO INCOME.THAT MONEY WAS FOR ME TO COMPENSATE ME FOR PROVIDING CARE FOR HER.DSS SENT SOCIAL SECURITY $4800.00 THEY HAD IN ACCOUNT FOR MY DAUGHTER.NOW I GET ADOPTION SUBSIDY ,AND HER SSI IS LIMITED, SO THAT THE TOTAL OF THE ADOPTION SUBSIDY AND THE SSI COMBINED IS NO MORE THAN THE MAX SSI. SHE WAS CLASSIFIED AS IV-E, SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECLASSIFIED UNDER MY STATUS. IS THIS A LOST CAUSE OR SHOULD I SEEK LEGAL HELP.

Reply by Paul:
I am not wise enough to say whether it is a lost cause. Try legal aid, or a private attorney. Gather up all of the notices that the SS gave you. Try to get statements from Social Services, if they told you it was ok.
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cindy James

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Posted on Sunday, July 01, 2001 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I found your message board quite by accident, while seeking info pertaining to my child.My question.. I have a minor child with a diagnois: ADHD, manic-depressive disorder. His father and I, although divorced, are both professionals with an income above "low income." Would this financial bracket exclude our son from receiving SSI in the state of Georgia? His diagnois was made just over a year ago and needless to say the pschiatric bills and medications are mounting, although we do have private insurance for our son. Please adivise.

Reply by Paul High income of the parents can disqualify a child for SSI. You should file and see.

There are often other programs that will help. For example, Medicaid can be provided at a higher level of income for a disabled child than SSI can. Talk to the United Way and Social Services, for a start.

Take care and good luck.
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Jenny Ann Moore

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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2001 - 8:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have 2 children ages 5 and 3 that have chronic asthma. They take asthma medicine on a daily basis. Would they be able to receive a ssi check or would I be wasting my time trying to get it for them? Also, I have a 8 year old that has been diagnosed with having adhd would he qualify for the ssi check.

Reply by Paul These are by far the most common bases for disability claims for children.

If asthma or any other condition is controlled by medication that you can afford or get through indigent programs, then it is not disabling.

If your child is having to have frequent emergency treatment for asthma, despite good compliance with all medicine that he can get, that is another question, and might be the subject of a claim.

The Administration is somewhat hostile towards ADHD disability claims; but there are children who are awarded on that basis. Again, you must show that you have helped the child as much as possible, and that his or her condition remains very severe.
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marcylou2

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Posted on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 9:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My son is ADHD and bi-polar. I had to leave my job because he has so many doctor and counseling appointments. Also, he has a hard time functioning in school. He has been suspended several times for his aggressive behavior. Would it be worth my time to try and apply for any type of disability?

Reply by Paul Possibly. The test is not whether your life is disrupted; it is whether he has impairments that are sufficiently severe; though of course the disruption of your life is some indication of that. You must show that you have done all you can to help him cope.
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Kellie Wiley

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Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2001 - 10:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a 19 month old daughter who has several problems and has had them since birth. at 3 months she was diagnosed with pulmonary valve stenosis the last appointment I Has with the cardiologist showed that it is still small but it is growing with her so they are not too concerned with that. recently she has been tested and found to be at a 12 month level in cognitive development,a 12-14 month level in social development, a 14 month level in adaptive/self help development, a 12 month receptive level and 9 month expressive level in communicative development, and 16 month gross motor level and 15 month fine motor level in physical development. and even more recently she had an EEG and I have been told that it came back abnormal with seizure like activity. I have an appointment with her neurologist an the 27Th of June at that point he will go into more detail about her EEG and wants to discuss putting her on medication. my question is do you think I might have a case if I was to file for disability for her. I live in Kansas.

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Possibly. The EEG activity in particular concerns me. Make sure to take care of this somehow. Take care and good luck.
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jackgowen

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Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 9:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My son will turn 19 in his senior year of High School. He lives in Maryland with his mother. We are divorced. He was receiving disability SSI until a couple of years ago, and lost the benefit due to his mother remarrying and their income being too high. My question is when he turns 19 and still in school. can he apply and if eligible receive SSI benefits and receive them as an adult without his mothers and step fathers income being considered. Can you please e-mail me a response? I am currently paying child support payments as his father. The court order is scheduled to stop when he turns 18. I wont to see that my son is taken care of, either through SSI or I send him support myself until he is out of school.

Reply by Paul He can reapply as an adult when he turns 18. At that point, a good bit less of his mother's income will be "deemed" to him, and unless they live in a palace, barring any contributions by you, he will probably qualify from an income standpoint. Your contributions well might disqualify him, or they might not. It should be easy for you to help him without disqualifying him, if you are careful.

To answer a question you did not ask, if there is any chance that he might be able to work a little, it is important that he do so, I think. At his age it takes very little earnings to qualify someone for Social Security Disability, as opposed to SSI. As he gets older it takes more. If he does qualify, that check will come regardless of other income and will come with Medicare. In a very rare case the size of the Social Security check will disqualify him for the Medicaid that comes with SSI, but that would take some pretty high earnings.
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I would like to know if in the State of South Carolina, are there any services for children who are in need of Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy and if so, does the State Provide Transportation to these appointments. My son Currently recieves all services, He recieves benefits monthly and goes to his therapy 5 days a week for 2 1/2 hours each day. We are thinking about moving back to South Carolina but if he can not get the services we will not go. Not to mention my infant is Chronic Asthamatic and has a severe milk allergy and recieves monthly benefits also. He sees lung specialist and GI doctors every 3 weeks. I would like to know are any of these services available in South Carolina. What is the maximum monthly benefit amount for a child in the State of South Carolina?

Reply by Paul To answer the last question only, as of 2001, about $531 for SSI; less if there is parental income or resources. Certain answers to the other questions are beyond my expertise. Keep looking and post what you find. Take care.
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Posted on Monday, December 31, 2001 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a daughter who will soon be 19 yrs old. She has been considered disabled since around the age of 4. At that time she was dianosed with MMR, ADD with Hyperativity and also short and long term memory problems. Since the age of 4 when she was evaluated we were told she could receive SSI but because our income was considered she did not qualify. Afer divorcing and having two incomes dropped to one she finally became qualitied in 1999 and started receiving her SSI.
When she turned 18 I received a letter saying she was no longer qualified so I had to appeal. I wrote a letter stating why I felt she was still disabled and I received a letter stating she would still be receiving her checks. Here six months later I've received another letter stating I have to attend a meeting around 60 miles away to decide rather she is still eligible.
So I guess my question is "If she has been considered disabled since the age of 4 which is when we had her tested, why do they think anything at all is changed? She was born like this. Do I need to get a lawyer?
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Posted on Sunday, January 06, 2002 - 9:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Eligibility rules are different from children to adults (happens at age 18). There is always a review at that time. Sounds in your case like it is just the formality of switching her from one category to another. It is another full review though so be prepared.
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Sonia

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Paul..this is a question for a friend..friend's daughter was involved in a car accident in 2001..she suffered major trauma to her pelvis..many fractures..a leg fracture..and most importantly..TBI(Traumatic Brain Injury)..she has an IEP(Individual Education Program)..in place..for school..she is currently receiving counseling from Mental Health..for her Depression..(caused by the TBI)..her mom wants to know what steps to take to get assistance for this minor child..now 16..to insure a quality future..and also a referral for a good attorney..Bladen County..North Carolina..Thanking you beforehand for your assistance
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Paul McChesney (Admin)

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Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

She might be eligible for SSI if she is sufficiently impaired and if her parents don't make too much money.

Once she turns 18, her parent's income does not count against her and she should try again if that disqualifies her at present.

She should also try desparately to get the sort of education that would not require her to perform physical exertion, if she is able to handle such education.

Minimal earnings by someone who is young can often lead to eligibility for Social Security Disability, which is in some ways superior to SSI. It is important for someone with disabilies who can work a little to do so, get the earnings on her record, and thereby qualify. Often, someone who cannot perform a full time job can still have modest earnings, if the family is ingenious enough.

I will discuss attorneys by email.
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Donna Gallagher

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Posted on Friday, February 01, 2002 - 8:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My question is my son has been disabled since birth. He received SSI, When he was 10 his Dad died and he started receiving those benefits also.
When he turned 18 he began to receive checks in his own name. His SSI went down because of the check from his Dad, which we were told would not stop due to his disability. Well he recently married and they took both away from him as well as his Medicare and Medicaid. My concern is the medical loss, as they cannot afford Cardiologists visits and hospitalizations for his routine tests. This seems very unjust and discriminatory to me, like the disabled are not allowed to marry. Is this standard procedure and what can we do.
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Paul McChesney (Admin)

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Posted on Monday, February 04, 2002 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Well, as far as SSI, the Administration counts one's spouse's income and resources when deciding whether you can get a check.

And, though a child can draw Social Security Disability on his parent's record as an adult if he becomes disabled before he reaches age 22. These Child’s Insurance Benefits will also terminate when the child marries, unless the disabled child marries an individual entitled to Social Security Retirement Benefits, Disability Insurance Benefits, Child’s Insurance Benefits, or other types of Social Security dependent’s benefits.

But there might be something you can do to get health insurance or benefits reinstated. You should talk this over very carefully with a local attorney. It is particularly important that you use a local one since you need to look at all sources of insurance, not just Social Security and SSI.

Take care.
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LLoyd R. Roach

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Hello,
My son was born with a cleft lip and palatte and is speech impaired. He is currently in speech class. Is he eligible for benifits.

Thank you,
Lloyd Roach
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josephine gottesman, esq.

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I believe that, in general, unless your son is exhibiting other problems, such as other physical impairments, or emotional impairments along with the speech impairment, he would not be eligible. However, each case is different, and there are not enough facts here to make an informed guess.
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michelle nelson

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Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2001 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a friend who has a son that has been diagnosed with sensory disfunction disorder. He has to have a special diet in order for him to function neurologically. His diet is very expensive because he is allergic to many foods such as wheat, gluten, milk, etc. (too many to list). His mother is married to her second husband and a large part of his earnings go to his first wife and child, leaving my friend and her special needs child with little to no money for this expensive diet. This child also goes to occupational therapy weekly.

My friend has had a hard time qualifying for SSI because they are only looking at her husband's gross income, not what he brings home. This child needs help. Which is the best way to go? Does my friend need to hire a lawyer?

Reply by Paul You might try talking to an attorney. I don't know of any way to avoid looking at the gross income, short of having the child move out of the house, which is pretty drastic.
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sandy montgomery

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Paul,
I have an eighteen son who has been diagnosed with the following conditions: ADHA, Tourette Syndrome, and BiPolar. He has been institionized twice (at the age 16 years) for depression. We struggled during his senior year of high school and were pleased to learn to would receive a high school diploma.
Unfortunately, he has been fired from 3 jobs in the past 2 years. He refused to go to work because he is "depressed". Is he elegible for any assistance?
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Paul McChesney (Admin)

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Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2002 - 8:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sandy, assistance is a possibility. He could consider applying for SSI or Social Security disability. You do have to think about two things before you do that:

1. Sometimes this will blunt his motivation to work.

2. If he can manage to work enough, he might qualify for Social Security Disability instead of just SSI. If he is marginally employable, and is able to survive financially, this is a better goal than disability.

3. Exactly what he should do depends on his exact circumstances, of course.

Take care and good luck.
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Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2002 - 7:44 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you are drawing Social Security Disability, receipt of worker's compensation can affect the amount of your check in some states; in others, it is the worker's compensation that is affected.

But generally, your check amount is not affected by other sorts of accident settlements or verdicts.

On the other hand, an SSI check will be affected by any sort of income.

If you are drawing a Social Security retirement or disability check, your minor child or adult disabled child will often, but not always, get a small check.

Whether that is enough to satisfy your child support obligation is a state law question that you must ask a family court attorney about, and depends on your situation.
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Hi. Im a 17 year old teenager with Cerebral Palsy. My disability mostly affected my physical movement, I can't walk and am in a wheelchair. But mentally, Im okay. I am going to be a Junior this coming fall in high school. I am a A & B stundent and plan to attend a University to become an animator.

My parents tried to recieve SSI when I was younger but were denied because of their income. I am going to be 18 next February. I was wondering if I could recieve SSI then and if there are any other programs that are great for assisstance?

Furthermore, I indicated before that I wanted to attend a University. I plan to go to an out of state college, maybe in California, if i get a scholarship. What kind of benefits could I recieve then?

Thank You
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Paul McChesney (Admin)

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Posted on Sunday, August 25, 2002 - 7:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you are wheelchair bound, there is a real chance that you might qualify for SSI; you can do this more easily once you become 18. At that point, your parent's earnings do not count against you so directly. If you get SSI, you will get Medicaid, also. The qualifications for SSI are the same in every state; but if you are not living with your parents, your income as counted by the Administration might change.

To answer some other important questions you have not asked:

1. Apply yourself vigorously and intelligently to school. Get a piece of paper that says you are a great animator. You have that chance now; as you get older and develop responsibilities, it will get harder to do this. Don't neglect academics. They will help you in your field, if you get there, or in another, if you change.

2. Apply yourself vigorously and intelligently to your art. The piece of paper is important, but even more important are the skills themselves. Don't just talk about it and think about it, don't just do what your teachers tell you, turn off the tv and use every spark of your intellegence and every moment of your time to become the best animator that your school, your city, your state has ever seen. If you miss the mark and are second best or tenth best, that is ok. If you have a stunning portfolio, jobs will appear where they weren't hiring, doors that were closed will open, and no one will give a moment's thought to your impairment. Draw the first picture in your portfolio tonight. Find the best animator in your city tomorrow, and call him. If he won't help you, call the second best one.

3. Be aware that to earn money in art or sport, you have to be very good. To be very good, you must get to work hard, right now. For other fields, average is enough to make a living.

4. Try to earn money, and report it. At your young age, you only have to have a few quarters of coverage to qualify for Social Security Disability, as well as SSI. You want to earn 4 quarters of coverage every year. Call 1 800 772 1213 to find out how much it takes to get a quarter each year. Earn it in your field if you can.
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linda neuman

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my son has ADD, ODD and possible manic depression. Presently he is in a residential Christian care facility due to his defiance, poor grades, pot use and out of control behavior. He has been kicked out of school (school of the arts) due to his failing grades. He doesn't listen and has gone all week-end without a call from him to let us know where he was. He has a bad temper, and is angry all the time. Does he possibly qualify for SSI. Thanks
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Paul McChesney (Admin)

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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2003 - 6:10 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Possibly. Sit down and talk with a local attorney; get his medical and school records first if possible.
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Sandra Clark

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My daughter, 19, was diagnosed with RSD in Oct. of dood. This was after an injury to her left foot in april of the same year, she had many tests and visits to different specialists, was mis-diagnosed with compartment syndrome, and had surgery. She was in a wheelchair until Jan. 2003. After much phyiscal therapy she progressed to crutches and was walking by Feb. 2003. {Even though she is walking she is always in pain and usually her foot is swollen and discolored, she is obese also} She then injured her left knee and it started all over again in May 2003, she went back into therapy and was walking again by June 2003. On August 25th she again injured her foot when someone stepped on it. Here we go again. It is my understanding that RSD does not ever go away and any tiny injury will cause it to flare up. Ashley was on medicade until she turned 19 and has never really worked. Will she be eligble for disability. We live in South Carolina.
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If your family income is low enough, and she is sufficiently impaired, she might be eligible for SSI, which always brings Medicaid with it; if your income is too high for that, then maybe you can file for Medicaid at your local department of Social Services; the income cutoff is a little higher for Medicaid than it is for SSI.

If you do not qualify for these, your should not stop searching; there are a lot of other programs out there that I do not know much about.
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Ok, this may sound strange, My husband's ex-wife and mother of his child just informed us that she had their son claimed disabled 2 years ago. He has been labled with ADD, but not to where it's bad enough to be disabled. Needless to say, she's a deadbeat living off who can support her. My question, how can we verify if she is getting a disability check for him and how. She hasn't worked or held a job longer than maybe 2 weeks in the past 7 years. I know there are many, many disabled children in the world that deserves it, this one doesn't.
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Dear Concerned, I am not sure how to find out. I am sure that the Administration must tell the custodial parent, which would be her. Perhaps your husband can go down to the local office and start a proceeding to be named as the representative payee, that is, the person who gets the check for the child. I would guess that they would have to say whether he was in fact drawing or not in that case.

I think that there is a consensus that too many kids were allowed disability on this ground some years ago, and the Administration does a poor job of reviewing cases once disability benefits are begun.
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My son is LD and also ADHD. He is in special classes part of the day and is getting ready to start med. this week to help him also. Do you think he can get SSI? We have a low income and we 'know' people who 'did' get it w/less of a disability...does it depend on the persons mood that day or what? Thanks
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It almost seems like it does. Here is the history of ADHD/LD, translated as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disability, and the Social Security system.

In the old days, children got benefits only if their impairments matched a small list of impairments.

The US Supreme Court struck the restrictive portion of that law down, and the Administration drafted some new regulations.

Under these new regulations, vast numbers of kids were allowed benefits as having ADHD.

The Administration thought that too many were being allowed, and so tightened their regulations. You are applying under those new, tighter regulations.

So, right now, there are a fair number of kids drawing benefits for being disabled by ADHD, but it is harder to actually win an ADHD claim right now.

The question is his degree of impairment after best treatment.

I suggest that, after he has settled down in treatment, you get all his test and medical records and take them to a local attorney who handles a lot of these cases. There are many attorneys who handle adult's cases; fewer who handle children's cases.
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Sandra, At her young age, it is important that she work as much as she can to earn "credits" so that she will qualify for disability benefits in case she ever needs to go on disability. It only takes a few thousand dollars of earnings to get 4 credits, the maximum that you can earn in a year. People who have serious health problems should always report every penny of earnings, so that they will remain qualified. You do not have to work at a "real" job to earn enough to stay qualified, and her idea of working for her father is an excellent one for this purpose.

In 2003, you only have to earn $890 to get one quarter of coverage, so she should be sure to earn, and report, 4 times that amount. Every year the amount goes up; to find out the amount needed for any year, call 1 800 772 1213.

At her age, I believe that she only has to have 6 credits to be able to file for Social Security disability, and she can file for SSI if she is broke, which she probably is. It is always a shame for someone young to have to apply, but she might have no other choice.

Please see the section of the website, dealing with assistance, for suggestions about medical care. There are no good solutions. It is here: Information on Assistance With Medical Care

I would also suggest that, if she is the sort of person who would benefit from it, it is important that she get as much education as she can. If she is highly skilled, a physical impairment is not such as serious problem. Right now, she might be able to afford an education. Later, it might be impossible for her.
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I have full custody of my niece, her father is deceased she receives social sercuity from his befits.She is fifthteen years old with Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,& ADHD.
Before I took custosy of her she was in a girls home for two years, she was admitted twice to a mental hospital.She is in a self-tained class in the eighth grade. Her IQ is so low her grade level is second to third grade level. She has to have a shadow at school to be with her at all times.She acts like a seven to eight year old. She can't read are write more than second grade level, I wonder what qualitie of life she is going to be able to live. Should I apply her for disabilty, I have already been told she would never receive a diploma but I want let anyone give up on her.I want to do what is best for her but, I'm not sure what that is. I'M NOT SURE WHAT ALL THE QUESTIONS ARE LET ALONE THE ANSWER! Will someone please help me with this child, lead me in the right direction. She already has a IEP plan in place in her school. Thank You ahead of time.
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Lee: I am not wise enough to say whether you should file for benefits. But if your niece is very far below grade level, and doing the best she can, SSI is a possibility for her. Maybe talk to local legal aid or an attorney. It would help to get a copy of all her school records and medical records.
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My son is diagnosed with ADHD combined type, ODD and Adjustment disorder with mixed aniety and depressed mood. My question to you is that if he is failing acedemically in learning severly, wich is a major life activity and and has severe (in my eyes)with social contacting wouldnt this equal the listings in the domains as a severe impairment and qualify him for ssi benifiets? I went to a appeal hearing yesterday and the dr. that was there said that he was less than marked in these areas, i disagree, should i appeal this appeal?
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Melissa: The key is to get a doctor to agree with you, and preferably to have all doctors to do so. Get together with a lawyer or legal aid and let them review the medical evidence and see if you might win on an appeal or a new claim. Watch your deadlines. Take care and good luck.
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My son is 7 years old he was diagnosed 2 years ago with Juvenile Diabetes. He has developed other problems as well. He cannot tie his shoes he struggles with buttoning his shirts/pants. He chews on everything mostly his shirt or jacket is on his mouth at all times. He has problems with low blood sugars a lot he is in the 40's on a daily basis we had tried correcting his doses but he still drops. When he is low he is not very nice actually he is angry and uncooperative. I have not been able to go back to work since he was diagnosed due to my constant need at the school for him for shots low blood sugars and headaches that is one of the reasons I applied in the first place. We are a one income family right now in it stinks. They just raised our copay on my husbands insurance so now our monthly out of pocket expenses are about 225.00. We have already been to a hearing for Christopher but have not heard anything back. What happens now if the turn him down again.
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Cindy: There are three choices after any denial: to appeal, to file again, or to give up. Depending on the exact state of the case and the medical record, each of these choices can be a mistake or a smart move. To answer which you should do takes an experienced attorney to review the whole record and the decision. Take care.
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My daughter is three yrs. old and has Pauciarticular JRA. Would she be eligible for Supplemental Security Income?
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Concerned Mom: If you mean by JRA juvenile rhematoid arthritis, that is pretty serious in a 3 year old. On the other hand, there are some wonderful new rheumatoid arthritis drugs, if you can afford them. If you cannot keep the child's condition under control, you might consider filing a claim.
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My daughter was born two months premature due to pre eclampsia and the HHELP syndrome. We have accumulated a lot of medical bills due to her birth, her stay in the NICU and beyond. Is there any assistance for us in this? How does a child qualify for disability help?
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Shannon: There are many potential forms of assistance for kids beyond the SSI program discussed on this website. I do not know a lot about them, and you should continue your search for them.

Of course many premature babies go on to be perfectly healthy. If they do not have a disability that lasts or is expected to last for a year, they will not qualify for SSI, and will have to seek help elsewhere. I know that the medical bill for such a child can be enormous, and I wish I could be more help. Help well might be out there for you, but it is not an area in which I am familiar.
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my son was turned off ssi at the age of three years old.would he be able for back pay if the treatments for adha now at the ten years old.
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would it take a long time if he is already in the system?his school,and his doctor says he have adha.would i still have to get a lawyer?
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Janice, I repeat the questions and give the best answer I can:

Q. Would he be able for back pay if the treatments for adha now at the ten years old.

A. Probably not, but not certainly not.

Q. would it take a long time if he is already in the system?

A. The fact that he has drawn before will not change the amount of time it takes.


Q. his school,and his doctor says he have adha.would i still have to get a lawyer?

A. It is not enough to show that he has a condition. You must show that it severely limits him. This is not always easy for attention deficit type conditions.
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Is there an income table I can look at to tell me if my son is eligible for SSI benfits. I am aware that family size plays a part and wouldn't that chart be the same chart used in every state. My local office never provided me with such chart. My son was born with Down Syndrome, he was receiving benifits, but lator denied because my income increased. He lost his medical coverage. I cannot afford coverage for him. My ex-husbands plan won't cover him because my son's health issues are pre-existing conditions.
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Odette, there is no such table that I know of. Cutoffs do vary by state. In some states, the cutoff for Medicaid is higher than the cutoff for SSI; so you should go down to the Medicaid office and apply for him. The fact that Medicaid was cut off when SSI stopped does not mean you are definitely ineligible for it.
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My son is 8 yrs old and has Duchenne's MD, epelipsy, asthma, adhd and acid reflux 4th level. He takes around 20 pills a day and I can not get any assistance from the government because I choose to work. I am a single mom with 2 children that has been sentenced to a life sentence of poverty because I work. I have an attorney now and we are applying for Disability because if he were an adult he could not work. My health insurance has a $1200.00 deductible before it pays anything not counting medication. Do you think there is a chance we could win?
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Brandy, I am sure that your lawyer could give you a much more accurate answer to that question than I could. He knows how much you earn and how severe his conditions are. Take care and good luck.
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my son who is 3 years old has arnold chiari malformation type 1 and a convulsive seizure disorder. i had to leave work and my husband supports us. my husband has two other children that he pays child support for through the courts. do you think we would qualify for ssi.
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It depends on whether you can show that your child is disabled, which I assume you can, and whether your family income is low enough. Go to the Administration and get them to make the calculation.
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Hello,
I am a 15 year-old sophomore at a local high school. I have been diagnosed with manic-depression, anxiety disorder, and borderline schizophrenic. I have been institutionalized twice for suicide attempts.
I am heavily medicated and not only am I having a problem dealing with the stress of my disorders, I am constantly having my medication changed. I am always, sickly, or am in a suicidal mood. My parents and I have found that my work is suffering immensely, and I may be hospitalized at any time.
My question is whether or not I would qualify to be in an emotionally disabled class. The school has said that I will probably not qualify. Should I persist. I am trying to eliminate enough stress as possible. I truly believe that being in a smaller class with teachers that have a better understanding with what is going on, and away from the "riff-raff" that is my school that I might be able to function on a higher degree. Please write back, I don't really know of who else to ask...... Thank you for your time
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My husband and I have full custody of our grandchildren, my husband has been medically retire for serval years, receiving SS, he is now 63 and I work full time. Can we receive benefits for them under him
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My daughter has down syndrome. We have applied for SSI and were told that we make too much money. We have also applied for TEFRA (Kattie Beckett) and she was denied for that also. The reason was that she is "not delayed enough". Can you offer any help to our family?
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Jami, I would certainly fight the TEFRA determination; it would be rare when a Downs' Syndrome child would not be delayed enough to qualify as disabled. I suppose sit down with a local attorney or Legal Aid and check both decisions.
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I am in the process of adopting 2 foster children, one with asthma, one with kabuki syndrome. Their social worker has applied for SSI for both children. I have been advised not to file the petition for adoption until their SSI has been approved. I am anxious to get the adoption over and done with, and dont want to hold it up. Would they have a better chance of getting approved while in DSS custody? And is it worth holding up the adoption?
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I am not sure enough to tell you not to worry about it. I don't think you will be more or less likely to prove disability, but there might be something different about the way your income is counted if the SSI award comes first? I am not at all sure there is any difference, though. I would talk to a local attorney before I waited; it can sometimes take a long time.
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My Son Is an asthmatic he is 7 years old,a portion of his long colapsed last year 2003,i'm a single parent,he's married to the machines and pumps, it drives me crazy he can't play outside like any normal child,i need help i can't even bearly pay my rent,bills and etc,he's been like this since he was 1 years old i never actually looked into this but please respond back to me,what should i do.
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Probably file a claim. If he is being treated properly and is going to the ER or a doc's office on an emergency basis 6 or more times a year, that is supposed to be automatic disability.

If not, and he is very closely "married" to his machines, still maybe he is disabled.

Take care.
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My son is 3yearsold he has suffered from astma since birth we are constantly at the doctors office and must take meds daily. He suffers an attack at least once a week.Could he be considered to have a disability.
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Possibly. If despite medication he has emergency trips to the doctor's office more than 6 times a year, you can make a strong case. If less than that, you still might have a case, and should talk to an experienced attorney.
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My husband and I are separated. My children and I are staying with my parents in North Carolina. I want to apply for SSI on behalf of my 14 year-old twins. Will my parents' income be a factor in their eligability? Is it true that income is not a factor when more than one child applies? If so, is this true for both N.C. and S.C.?
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Q. Will my parents' income be a factor in their eligability?

A. It certainly will not eliminate their check altogether. It will certainly reduce the amount of back benefits the kids will get, but might not reduce the monthly check at all.

Q. Is it true that income is not a factor when more than one child applies?

A. No, income is always a factor. It applies in a different way for grandparents.

The bottom line is, file and the income factor will probably not be an obstacle to recovery in this case.

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My 5 year old daughter has asthma. She is on meds about 7 months out of the year. If she gets too excited or upset...or even if she catches a cold...they automactilly put her on several asthma meds. Should I apply for SSI? We are low income and cant afford all these trips to dr.s and her meds can be expensive.
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Anonymous with a 5 year old: Asthma can be the basis of a disability claim, if it is disruptive enough, and your income is low enough. There are many kids with asthma that are not disabled, and some that are. If she is taking a lot of trips to the doctor's office or ER on an emergency basis, she might be disabled; or there are other ways.
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My husband and I have a 27 week preemie child that has been diagnosed with diabetes insipidus, (hormone diabetes-very rare)adrenal gland insufficiency,patuatary disfunctions,retnopathy of prematurity,optic nerve hypoplasia, and legal blindness. I have no choice but to care for her day in and day out while my husband works. Day cares and family wont care for her b/c of her conditions. she gets medications around the clock an injection every 24 hours and her urine output is weighed. I am wanting to know if my child and I can get s.s.disability?
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Candace:
No. But if she is legally blind, and your income is low enough, she is definitely eligible for SSI. Legal blindness means that she will certainly be found disabled. That leaves the income question. Take care.
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I recently, diagnosed, my son with tourettes disorder and his psychiatrist backed that up with his clinical findings. He also has many negative comorbidities like ADHD, OCD, ODD, Depression and anxiety. I found that his actions were just like mine while I was growing up. He has been in "special ed" for almost 6 years. I was diagnosed with a "learning disorder" when I was in 5th grade but they missed my real diagnosis which was tourette's too. My ex-wife is an attorney and now see's that I have a disibility. She said that My son and I would easily qualify for social security. If so, what should I expect? How much would we be entitled to? I have had such a bad work history due to this disorder that filing now is really my only choice. I am really embarrassed but maybe swallowing my "pride" could do no harm.
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Jeff:

Q. If so, what should I expect?

A. If you mean, can Tourette's be the basis of a disability claim, the answer is "yes, but all people with Tourette's are not disabled." If you mean, what is the application process like, it is fairly traumatic; please look around the forum for details; that answer is a book long.

Q. How much would we be entitled to?

A. Anywhere from $0 to $2,000 a month; to find out order an earnings record, for your SS Disability benefit rate, by calling 800 772 1213, and sit down at the local social security office, in order to get the amount of SSI.
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I have a nine year old son that has been diagnosed with severe adhd since he was 6 and a year ago he was diagnosed with manic bipolar. I am considering filing for social security for him I would like to know if it is considered a disability in social security eyes.
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Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2005 - 4:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Each disease can be disabling or not, depending on the severity of the disease after best treatment.
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My son is 10 years old and two years ago was diagnosed with ADHD, OCD and Tourette Syndrome. He is under the care of a therapist as well as a neurologist. He has been tested in school and will qualify for special education services as his graded are falling at an alarming rate. He is on ORAP for the TS. The ADHD, OCD and Tourettes appear to be affecting his ability to function properly in society more and more. Would it be possible he would be elgible for some financial assistance from SSI/SSA?
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Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2005 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Possibly, if the family income is low enough.
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My daughter was diagnosised with asthma when she was 8 months old, she's two now. She's been hospitalized twice , one week both times. She has been told to utlize the nubalizer on a daily basis. I was wondering do you think she qualifies for SSI? Do to the fact that she always gets sick.
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Ms. De Jesus: That is hard to say; many kids who have asthma are not disabled, and some are. It depends on the severity of the disease. You might get all of her medical records and sit down with an attorney. Take care.
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My two daughters are diagnosised ADHD years ago and were both recieving SSI while with their mother living in nashville, Tenn. I their father moving to North Carolina from New York now have both Girls and need info/contact with SSI on their behalf, Need Direction.
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Anonymous: Just go down to the Social Security office and tell your story and see if they can help. If they are still in payment status, the Administration will probably switch the check over to you as the custodial parent. If they are not in payment status, you will have to consider whether to file a claim, if they are currently disabled.
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I am 17 years old and I am an upcoming senior in high school. I have been diagnosed with depression for a couple of years now and I find it hard working with others. I have previously worked in an ice cream parlor. My psychiatrist has said that I could have other mental problems. I get mood swings at random times, I cannot control my temper. I am emotionally distressed. I am very fidgety. I constantly crack my knuckles when I get nervous. Also, it has been said that I could possibly be bipolar. I also have trouble working with others on certain issues.
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Anonymous: It is a bit harder to get disability if you are a teenager, but of course not impossible. It is hard to tell from what you say whether you have the sort of condition that prohibits work, or that makes it harder, or that you will grow out of. If your doctor says it is ok, you might throw yourself into an attempt to work, and if you have serious difficulties, perhaps consider a claim.
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My child was diagnosed with ADHD 2 years ago. After reading some of the posted questions I see that the case normally has to be severe. My child problem is his impulsive behavior and his inability to concentrate. He needs adult supervision (myself or teacher) when he does his class/and or homework. Without someone constantly on him, it may take his 1 hour to complete a 15 minutes worksheet. What I want to know what is considered servere? He has no other problems besides the impulsiveness and focus issues. I have started filling out the paperwork for SSI and noticed the majority of my answers were "no" with the exception of the concentration portion. Do you think I would be waisting my time trying to file?
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It is hard to say. If a child has one extreme problem, that can be enough. If someone has to have a special assistant standing beside him at all times to do his work at work or school, that can be disabling. It is hard to tell whether you have that problem or something closer to the child who just needs to learn a little more discipline. Maybe talk to your doctors or a local lawyer you can show his records to.
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Hi, My son has a sever Bilateral cleft lip and Palet He has had 7 surgerys and lots more to come I cant keep a job because of all this surgerys and haveing to stay out of work so long. He is 2years old do I have a chance of getting SSI??
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Johnna: One way to get disability is to show that you are undergoing so many operations in such a short period, you are severely impaired during that time. That seems like a possibility for your son.
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My son was just diagnosed with combined ADHD and minor depression. Is he eligible for disability.
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My son was diagnosed with adhd hyper over 3 years ago we have went through just about every med on the market except ridalin (which will be next) to control and help this child in school and at home .. now his father and I have learned to deal for the most part with him at home but when it comes to school he has already been kept back 2 years in grade so he is behind 2 years of his peers is this the proof that we need for him to recieve ssi so that we could maybe use the money for a private tutor his father is the only one working and our income is very low any advice on this will be much appreciated
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Cynthia and Valarie: It is hard to say; you need to sit down and talk to a local lawyer or legal aid. There are all sorts of degrees of severity of ADHD.
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I'm turning 19 in october, and i have been suffering from ulcerative colitis for many years now. Along with the colitis came very acute arthritis in my knees and it is very hard for me to work in so much pain. Would i qualify for ssi because i could really use the help to pay for my education since my father just lost his job.
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Colitis can be a serious disease, particularly when accompanied by inflammatory arthritis. If you can work, work; if not you must file.
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Dear Mr. McChesney,
Your forum is very impressive and the time you spend answering questions is very admireable. Now mine. I earn almost $50,000 a year. My wife cannot work as she stays home to care for my 15 year old stepdaughter who soc. sec. found disabled from birth (epelipsy, phychological disorders etc.) They recieve nothing from the biological father. Soc. sec. turned down her application as I earn to much. I looked around the internet and found the words "inequetible" and "deeming waiver" and etc. Are there any folks in a similar position as ours who are recieving soc.sec. benefits? Should we appeal, should we get a lawyer? Thanks in advance for your response.
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I've had been taking care of my grandson since birth. I got custody of him when he was about a couple of months. I got him evaluation and they noticed a delay. Since then he has been getting speech therapy, special instruction and social worker from primary concerns at home. Now he is now 3 years old and he still gets speech and I now have him enrolled the the learning tree program. It's a program for children with delays, special education. Should I re-apply for ssi for him, since I was denied?
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Gwendolyn: Possibly. Of course it depends on how much of a delay. I would get his medical records and talk to legal aid, for which he is probably eligible, or a private lawyer.
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my son was born with a cleft palet had 3 unsecessfull surgies. And a enlarge Posterior nasal phyrngeal flap. He attends speech theraphy. I would like to know if he eligiable for ssi.
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hi my daughter is 3yrs old she was born with gastrosehsis and cerebral palsy. i have medicaid also ssi but other than that my job is the only income,i do not get any other help and i am barely making as it is and ssi cut my payments down and they are saying i make too much,is there anyway to get help.
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I have a 3 yr old son that was diagnosed with ADHD about 2 months ago and and today (6-9-06) he was diagnosed with Autism and they say hes only at a 22 month old level and he'll be 4 in a couple weeks. Is he eligable for SSI benefits. I cant hire an attorney to get advice because I cant afford it because im out of work dealing with his behavior and all the classes they have him in.
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Dear Paul,
I have a 13 year old son who has received benefits since I was disabled in 1994. He is currently being evaluated for possible OCD.Regardless of that fact, he is presently truant from school and on a downhill path. I have felt he would benefit tremendously by participating in a treatment program for troublrf teens. This program however is very expensive. I'm wondering if there would be any financial help available for a child in this position. The Board of Education and local social services state they will not assist in "preventive" measures. Do you have any suggestions?

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