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Can your child get SSI benefits due to cerebral palsy?

| Feb 27, 2015 | Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Los Angeles residents who are raising children know what a unique joy – and challenge – the job of being a parent can be every day. Sometimes there is simply no way to predict how your day will go when you are dealing with children. However, for as much joy as some families take out of being around their children and going about the typical daily events, there are other families who face what can seem like a much bigger challenge: raising disabled children, particular a child with cerebral palsy.

Parents of children with cerebral palsy do their best to help their child adapt to their condition and their surroundings. However, sometimes this is easier said than done. In many cases the family simply doesn’t have the financial resources to do everything they could to help the child. But what about Supplemental Security Income?

Many Los Angeles residents may not know, but a child with cerebral palsy could indeed qualify for SSI-related benefits. Of course, there are quite a few requirements to be met, as there is with Social Security Disability as well, but the resulting financial assistance can make a big difference in the child’s life.

Among the requirements, there are certain income restrictions that cannot be exceeded. In short, if the family earns an income that is higher than the maximum threshold, the applicant will probably be facing a denied SSI claim. However, if the income restrictions are met, as well as all of the other requirements, the financial assistance can be used to help a child with cerebral palsy adjust and make the most out of life.

Source: cerebralpalsy.org, “Supplemental Security Income,” accessed on Feb. 22, 2015

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