Deafness is when a child has partial or complete loss of hearing. Deaf and disabled children may be more vulnerable to abuse than hearing and non-disabled children.  A deaf child may suffer subtle forms of abuse. For example, being deprived of a way of communicating or being prevented from seeing people outside of a residential school.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues. This is not social security taxes. SSI is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled adults and children, who have little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

A child who is deaf may be eligible for disability benefits; all you need to do is apply right away. The Social Security Administration will consider the income and resources of family members living in the child’s household when deciding eligibility. Caring for a child who is deaf can be expensive. Especially, when your child needs a hearing aid or a cochlear implant. It’s important to know if you are entitled to disability benefits and if you meet the requirements. Attorney Matt Liebenhaut represents disability cases for adults and children. If you are unsure whether your child or yourself may be eligible for disability benefits due deafness or any other disability, call the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut and someone will be available to speak with you right away.