When your child has a disability in Ohio, you may sometimes wonder how you will afford all of the care your child needs. Depending on the condition your child has, he or she may sometimes be able to receive disability benefits. Before you start the application process, it is important to understand the requirements your family may need to meet.

To receive Social Security Disability benefits, your child generally has to have a qualifying condition. According to the Social Security Administration, this condition typically has to hamper your child’s ability to perform everyday activities. Additionally, this condition has to disable your child for at least one year. Your child does not have to have only one condition that meets these requirements. The SSA also considers cases when a child has more than one medical condition.

Additionally, the SSA has a list of conditions that usually qualify for disability benefits. Your child may be eligible if he or she has muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome or cerebral palsy. Deafness and blindness may also be qualifying conditions. However, it is important to remember that the SSA considers each case individually. Most of the time, you have to demonstrate how a condition limits your child. You may need to submit medical records or test results. If your child works with a therapist or other medical professional, this person may also need to provide information about your child’s condition.

It is important to remember that the SSA sometimes considers income when deciding whether a child is eligible for disability benefits. Your total household income may need to be within a certain range. If your child is capable of working, he or she may need to earn less $1,220 each month to qualify.

This information is general in nature. You should not use it in place of legal advice.