ssi appeal

Christie - posted on 02/20/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I want to know the best way to appeal an ssi denial. One of my children has PDD-NOS and they denied his application. Not sure if I should get a lawyer, etc?

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Christie - posted on 03/16/2010

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He is 3 and is turning 4 next monday. He is verbal but still has speech and language delays and not potty trained with minimal interest in it like when it's time for bed of course. He is mild, but I would play up on the safety concerns, spech/language delays. There is so much going on in our family right now, I thought a lawyer could handle most of the SSI stuff. Are you aware of a listserv for parents of disabled children for the central Florida area?

Tara - posted on 03/16/2010

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You could get a lawyer. How old is your child? What kind of delays as compared to other kids his/her age does he have? My son is also PDD-NOS. We didn't apply until he was 4. At that time he was still basically nonverbal and not even close to being potty trained. This made him markedly different than other 4 year olds. That is the key - to show that he is disabled compared to his peers and how it impacts him. I think it is harder to get SSI approved for a younger child with autism, because you can't show the disability as well. It is also hard when they are relatively mild, which is usually the case with PDD-NOS. Also, if socialization is more of the problem, then they are unlikely to consider him/her disabled.

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