Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder is a mental or neurobehavioral disorder that affects thousands of children in Oregon. Although the condition can be effectively treated, gaining access to or being able to pay for those treatments is also a real problem for many Oregon families.
If you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, and you are struggling to get your son or daughter the help they need — you may want to speak with an attorney about filing a disability claim for Supplemental Security Income benefits.
Unlike Social Security Disability Insurance, the SSI program does not require claimants to have a work history in order to qualify for benefits. It is simply based on the presence of a medically verifiable disability and a need for help.
In children’s SSI cases (because most kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD aren’t even eligible to work at all), the criteria is somewhat different than it is for adults. Instead, the Social Security Administration evaluates ADHD with respect to the child’s development and ability to function. And as with other types of disability claims, success depends on being able to document the effects of ADHD on your child and household.
In most cases, there has to be an extreme or marked limitation in a child’s ability to function with respect to at least one of the following areas:
- Acquiring or using information
- Attending and competing tasks
- Interacting and relating to others
- Moving about and manipulating objects
- Self care
- Health and physical well being
Although the majority of ADHD-related disability claims for both SSDI and SSI benefits are denied, there’s nothing to lose by talking to an attorney about this possibility. Initial consultations are typically free, attorneys only receive legal fees when cases are won, and costs are minimal or even non-existent in some cases. So again, why not at least look into it.
Source: Delmarva Now, “Can ADHD children get SSI benefits?” Robert McCraig, Oct. 14, 2012