What's available to a disabled child with severe disabilities?
SSA provides benefits to a Disabled Child through SSI
If you have a disabled child they may be entitled to Supplemental Security Income or SSI. SSI provides a cash payment and Medicaid benefits to qualifying recipients who are disabled with a severe mental or physical health condition. SSI is only offered to claimants who also have very limited income or resources.
There is also more good news for parents with a disabled child. Through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act your child will also be able to get their education and training they need to help them succeed.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which was first enacted in 1990, helps protect the rights of a disabled child and allows them access to free and appropriate public education. The goal of the act is to help students reach their maximum physical and mental potential and ultimately improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities and improve access to housing, community support, and independent living arrangements.
There has been some criticism of mainstreaming disabled students, but generally most people can agree that as students are exposed to disabled students it does help to improve their ability to understand them and ultimately, if done appropriately, can help America to be a more accessible, inclusive and stronger country for everyone.
What is offered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)? The schools have developed special education services which are created to meet the unique needs of a disabled child. Classes may be modified to offer group or individual instruction. Other services can include speech, occupational or physical therapy. The goal of the school is to tailor the instruction to meet the needs of each individual student.
What can parents do to help a disabled child?
The program encourages parental participation in the educational system which can include staying informed, understanding your childs needs, discussing your childs progress with their teacher, getting information in writing, knowing your rights as a parent, keeping records, communicating and scheduling frequent meeting with the school educators, and supporting your child in their efforts.
Does your disabled child qualify for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?
If your disabled child is between the ages of 3 and 21 they may be eligible for special education services. Children who have been diagnosed with autism, deafness, hearing impaired, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, serious emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment including blindness, and other health impairments may qualify. There must, however, be evidence that their disability affects their educational performance. They also must need special education.
Children generally receive a re-evaluation of their condition and their eligibility for the program every 3 years.
Hiring a SSI Disability Lawyer
If you have a disabled child it may be easy to feel overwhelmed. You also might be wondering how you are going to pay for the added expense and care for your child. The good news is through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and through services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) your child will have the best opportunities to thrive and reach their mental and physical potential. Talk to a disability lawyer if you need help getting SSI benefits.