SSI disability question

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Registered: 03-27-2003
SSI disability question
Sat, 05-17-2003 - 8:44pm
I currently receive SSI because of epilepsy,anorexia,and depression. I was wondering if anyone receives SSI for there children who have ADD/ADHD??? I would also like to know if anyone gets SSI for themself plus there children???
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Registered: 03-21-2003
Sun, 05-18-2003 - 8:58am
I get it for my son. ((Since he was 3 or 4.)) That was with the ADHD.

4 years ago at age 8 he was diagnosed with PDD-Nos (a form of autism).

He will probably have to be on it most his life but we are going to

work on him throughout school to find some kind of job he can handle.

I haven't given up hope, but yet, I know what the reality is.

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Registered: 05-01-2003
Mon, 07-14-2003 - 12:59pm
I know this message is rather old, but I want to answer anyway. My son(s) were/are on SSI as well as SSDI over the years. One has much more serious mental health issues than ADD and the other one has a severe case of ADD. He was on SSI until I returned to work which makes him no longer eligible based on income. They were both on SSDI based on survivor benefits because their father is on SSI/SSDI. One kid (he is now an adult) is on SSDI on his own record and SSI. The other is only on SSDI. I have also recently hosted an informational session with the Social Security Administration on these benefits for mentally ill kids. The word is that although kids with ADD are eligible, the requirements are much more stringent than they were in the past. The ADD must be severe. My experience has been that they will routinely turn you down right off the bat and that you should appeal. It is also VERY important to make sure you complete the application as completely as possible making sure names, address's and phone numbers of any doctors, schools etc are as complete as possible. Be very specific. Getting SSI does not mean that they can not work. The amount of SSI will depend on income and if they work, it will be adjusted accordingly. After the the age of 18, yours and your spouses income will no longer count.