Social Security is a federal program that provides monthly income and health insurance coverage to eligible children.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly benefits to children with disabilities from families who have limited income and resources.
Social Security Disability Insurance pays monthly benefits to children with disabilities from families with a family member who worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
Apply for these benefits at your local Social Security Office. To find it, use the Social Security Office Locator.
Eligibility may be based on the severity of your child’s disability and on your family income. Get more details about Social Security eligibility.
Having the right information when you apply will make things easier.
- Be ready to supply information about the doctors, therapists, hospitals, and clinics that have treated your child in the last year
- Be ready to supply your child’s medical records and a list of medications your child is taking
- Download the Child Disability Interview Checklist (PDF) to help gather all the information you will need in the application process
Your application will be reviewed by Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS is an office within the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Even though Social Security is a federal program and makes the final eligibility decisions, DDS helps the Social Security Administration (SSA) process your application. Someone from DDS will likely contact you to tell you whether your application was successful, or to get more information. If you have already filed a disability claim with Social Security, you can contact DDS at 512-437-8000 or 1-800-252-7009 for information or questions concerning your claim.
For more details, download What You Should Know Before You Apply for SSI Disability Benefits for a Child (PDF).
Organize all of your child’s medical and educational information into a single folder or notebook. This will save you a lot of time, both now and in the future.