Having a child who is living with physical, emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences can present real challenges to your and your family.

Maybe your child was born with a condition that requires the coordination of many supports and services. Or perhaps your child was diagnosed during the school years when challenges around learning first surfaced. Whatever the case, it is a major change in family life. Sometimes it becomes impossible to care for your child and hold a job. Other times, you feel like you are all alone, that you are navigating a maze by yourself, with nobody to help you make your way through, and with wrong turns that result in a dead end.

Your child may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI),
the federal program that helps people in these circumstances. Families benefit when an eligible child receives this important coverage
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Children on SSI are eligible for free case management services, with an individual cse manger that guides the way to the best coverage and care for your child.

support groups


These groups, available to children on SSI, help families cope with the illness and deal with the financial and emotional strain.

improved access services


Children and their families can receive improved access to other services, such as parking permits to make it easier to go from the car to the doctor’s office or a pharmacy, as well as a shortened process to receive public housing benefits.



The costs associated with caring for a child living with physical, emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences can create serious hardship on families.  SSI helps families to bridge the gap by providing some additional income to cover these added costs.


1.  When did your child first become disabled?

2.  School Information

3.  Doctor Information

  • Name
  • Location
  • Medications prescribed
  • Purpose of medication
  • Labs/Tests ordered or run

4.  Hospitalizations

  • Hospital Name
  • Recent ER visits
  • Recent Inpatient admissions
  • Medications prescribed
  • Symptoms/conditions treated

5.  Medical/educational tests your
     child  has had done

6.  How do your child’s conditions
      limit his/her ability to function?

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