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A child with learning disabilities qualifies for SSI

When we're children, we learn about the world around us by using our five senses: hearing, touch, taste, smell and sight. For children who have lost one or more of these senses because of a disability, learning about the world around them can be incredibly challenging. Their disability might limit their understanding of the world, holding them back from doing a portion of the things non-disabled people can do.

But as so many of our Newark readers know, disabilities are not just physical in nature. In fact, there are hundreds if not thousands of mental conditions that can be just as limiting for children. When a disability has the capacity to hold back an individual from going to school or performing daily tasks without assistance, an individual may become eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. If you consider this, you can see that a child with a learning disability may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income.

Just like physical disabilities, a learning disability can significantly impact an individual's life. For children with severe learning disabilities, their ability to read, write and communicate could be greatly impaired, leaving them unable to do many occupations down the road. But even a mild learning disorder, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, could make life challenging by causing a child to fall behind in classes and preventing them from learning useful life skills.

Because we are a capital-driven society, having a job in incredibly important in order to pay our bills and cover basic needs. For people with disabilities, obtaining a job may be difficult or even impossible in some cases. This can put a person at risk of falling into a financial crisis later on.

Parents of children with learning disabilities can help their youngsters avoid this future by filing a claim for SSI benefits. Though obtaining an attorney isn't completely necessary, a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of SSA and its laws, such as those here at the Law Office of Sheryl Gandel Mazur, can give an application a better chance of getting approved. For many parents, getting legal representation is a good investment, especially if it means a better outcome for their child.

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