Childhood Disability: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program - A Guide for School Professionals (Social Security Administration, SSA)


This information is for school professionals who may teach or provide therapy, counseling, and/or other services to children with disabilities. It outlines the kinds of evidence that the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to determine disability for a child under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. 

The SSI program can provide valuable monthly cash payments to children who are disabled under SSA rules and whose families have little income or resources.

Determining whether a child is disabled under SSI regulations is a collaborative effort among Federal and State officials.

We rely upon your professional expertise and judgment to help us. Your information is not the only information we consider when we determine if the child qualifies for SSI, but it is very important to us. We make our determination based on all of the medical, school, and other information that we get.

We greatly appreciate your time, assistance, and support.


Disability Characteristics Elementary High School Independent Living Middle School Parent/Family Preschool Professional Resources State/National Organizations Transition