How to Prepare for a Child Disability Interview?

How to Prepare for a Child Disability Interview?

Prepare for a Child Disability Interview
Preparing for a child disability interview can be tough. SSDA is here to help you through the process.

If your child has a disability that affects their ability to function, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Qualifying for Child Disability Benefits

To qualify for child disability benefits, your child must be under the age of 18. There are a few exceptions to this. For example, if your child is over 18 and enrolled in junior high or high school, they may still be eligible for childhood disability. This ends at 22 years of age.

Your child must also have a physical or mental impairment that meets the Social Security’s definition of a disability. There is a list of disabilities that you can check. If the Blue Book lists your child’s disability, you may qualify if you’re able to prove their impairment is similar to an included disability. The disability must, in addition, last no less than 12 months.

Finally, your income must be below a certain level in order to qualify for SSI. The income of the parents the child lives with determines the amount of benefits received.

Preparing for the Interview

When applying for child benefits, you’re going to have to complete both a Child Disability Report on behalf of your child as well as a separate SSI application form. The Child Disability Report provides the Social Security Administration with all of the information that they are going to need about your child’s disability. You can fill this report out online or you can schedule a time with one of our representatives to go over this information prior to a disability interview.

Before you begin, you should take a look at the checklist and worksheet that the Social Security Administration provides. The worksheet allows you to gather and fill in the information that you are going to need so that you have it handy during the interview or online report process. The checklist allows you to quickly go over everything you need to make sure you have it available.

Documents

The following is a brief overview of some of the information and documents that you will need to have for your interview:

  • Either the original copy or a certified copy of your child’s birth certificate.
  • Detailed information about your child’s medical condition.
  • Copies of all medical records related to your child’s disability.
  • Medications your child is taking.
  • Names and contact information of everyone who lives in the same household as your child and who has helped care for the child in some way.
  • Information for all of the hospitals, clinics, doctors and therapists that have treated your child.
  • Information for all of the schools your child has attended in the past year; including therapists, counselors, psychologists and teachers that worked with your child at school.
  • Names and contact information of all social service programs and caseworkers that helped your child.
  • Proof of income for everyone that is working in the child’s household.

For more help preparing for your child disability interview, call us 24/7 at 602-952-3200 for a free consultation with SSDA USA. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our LiveChat feature.

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