05/06/2013 // Wright Disability Firm // Wright & Wright // (press release)
Reaching the age of 18 is considered a milestone for many; however, for children who have been receiving Supplemental Security Income, it can be life changing in ways that they are not looking forward to. A number of children in the U.S. rely on assistance from the SSI program, and many may still require this type of financial support even after they have reached adulthood. At age 18, children who receive SSI benefits must be reevaluated to determine continued eligibility, because there are differences in the evaluation process for children and adults. Fortunately, Social Security takes certain factors into consideration to make the transition process as fair as possible.
Childhood conditions that meet a disability listing that a person still suffers from when they reach 18 often also meet an adult disability listing as well. In the event that one does not, a medical-vocational allowance may be granted if one qualifies. The primary criterion assessed during the transition phase is whether a child will be able to function working as an adult. Social Security examines three key factors in determining whether a child turning 18 will be able to work. These include:
• Educational program functioning – How a child performed in educational programs is considered, including details like their ability to pay attention in school, their social interaction, and physical impairments because these may also demonstrate potential workplace hindrances.
• Jobs and experiences in the community – A child’s work and volunteer experience, accommodations required to function within their community, treatments and their outcome are all factors included.
• Stress factors – How well a child demonstrates the ability to handle stress is also used in the determination.
Wright & Wright, America’s Social Security Disability Firm? is available for those with questions about SSI eligibility for children when they turn 18. The firm’s advocates can provide individuals with a free case evaluation to assess their eligibility and what type of help can be provided.
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