September 2007


Access Allies of Bloomington Normal Illinois held their children’s disability expo this past Wednesday.

There was a nice turnout, with many informative exhibits. Thank you Access Allies for supporting the disabilities community with this educational evening.

I will be adding some links to this blog from several of the groups in attendance.

As a reminder, a disabled child can receive SSI if the family is financially eligible.

Please feel to contact me if you have any questions about what you need to do to seek SSI for your child.

Dirk May, Social Security Disabilities lawyer, 309-827-4371.

Disability may, of course, come in the form of physical or mental limitations.

In order to prove that a child is disabled for purposes of Social Security, you will have to provide medical records detailing the physical problems the child experiences. It is also helpful to a Doctor’s report detailing the limitations the child suffers. If the child is in school, an individual education plan (IEP) is also important and helpful. Teacher letters may also assist. The reports and letters should address the 6 areas we covered in the last post.

If the child has emotional and mental health problems, psychiatric and counseling records will be needed. A report from a psychiatrist is often helpful. Once again the IEP is important. Report cards, discipline records and attendance records may contain helpful information. If there is disturbing behavior such as violence, torture of animals, destruction of property this should be documented through letters, live testimony, police reports, or journals.

It is important to remember that for purposes of Social Security a combination of factors may make a person disabled. Therefore, it is important to include all the relevant records and evidence to address the 6 areas of concern.

When deciding whether a child is disabled Social Security looks at 6 areas.

1. Acquiring and using information.

2. Attending and completing tasks.

3. Interacting and relating with others.

4. Moving about and manipulating objects.

5. Caring for self.

6. Health and physical well-being.

To be considered disabled, the child must have “marked” limitations in 2 of the areas, or “extreme” limitation in one area.

Next time I will discuss what kind of proof is needed to address these areas.

Children who are disabled can receive what is called SSI.

SSI is a program that is based on the parent or parent’s assets and income.

Because of this some children who are disabled will not be eligible to receive any money because their parent or parents make too much money.

More on what Social Security looks for when deciding if a child is disabled, in the coming days.

Access Allies of Bloomington-Normal Illinois is holding a Parenting and Disabilities Expo September 26, 2007 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at One Normal Plaza.

There will be a number of exhibitors and I will also be there. We would love to see you come and learn about the number of services and programs available for children with disabilities.

The site is wheelchair accessible and refreshments will be served. Come on out.