Parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere often face the normal ups and downs with raising a child. While some parents might find it more difficult to meet the needs and requirements of their children, parents raising a child with disabilities often face additional emotional, mental and financial challenges. In these circumstances, parents could consider how Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, could assist them with the care and well-being of their child with a disability.
SSI for children works similar to the SSI disability program for adults; there are some differences with definitions and eligibility, however. Whether a child was born with a disability or acquired a disability due to an injury or illness during childhood, if the child is neither married nor the head of a household, they qualify for SSI if they are under the age of 18 or are under the age of 22 and are a student that regularly attends school.