Parents of children with disabilities may face many challenges. Of course, caring for a disabled child is an involved process. These children often need a substantial amount of medical care, therapy and specialized equipment. In the end, caring for a disabled child can be very expensive, and oftentimes parents of disabled children in Newark may struggle to make ends meet. However, children who meet the relevant legal requirements may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
SSI benefits can be essential to raising a disabled child. Some children, once they are old enough, might want to work, just like a non-disabled child would. The child and his or her parents may wonder, though, whether the child’s SSI benefits will be cut off if the child gets a job.
Fortunately, it is possible for a child who is receiving SSI benefits to also work if he or she wants to. Most of a child’s income will not be used by the Social Security Administration when they are determining how much the child is entitled to in benefits. If the child is also in school and working, the child’s income will count even less. In addition, if the child needs certain items to perform his or her job duties due to his or her disability, the costs of these items will be subtracted from the child’s income for the purposes of calculating SSI benefits. A child who is age 15 or above can also enter into a “Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS).” Under this program, the child can put aside earnings for a work goal, and the SSA will not include these earnings when determining how much SSI to award.
As this shows, disabled children who are willing and able to work are given the chance to do so by the SSA without having to worry that they would lose their SSI benefits. Of course, this post is for general purposes only and cannot speak directly to each person’s unique situation. Therefore, if a child is disabled and receiving SSI benefits, but wants to work, it may help to first contact an attorney to ensure doing so will not affect the child’s SSI benefits.
Source: ssa.gov, “What You Should Know Before You Apply for SSI Disability Benefits for a Child,” accessed Oct. 1, 2017