Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides benefits to millions of people in the United States. Within that group are more than 1 million children who have severe disabilities and hail from low-income households – those with little or no income and resources.
Although an estimated 11 million U.S. children have special needs, few of them meet SSI’s stringent eligibility requirements. To qualify for benefits, the child must have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits his or her activities. In addition, the condition must last or expect to last at least a year or result in death.