Is there any Financial Assistance for Children With ADHD? As you know, ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the Learning Disabilities that often prevent the people that have it to learn in an effective manner.
Financial Help for Basic Needs
The possible financial help for ADHD children would come from the Supplemental Security Income or SSI program, administered by the Social Security Administration office. However, you need to remember that the SSI is provided for people with disability/es that prevent them from getting a decent job. In other words, only those with medically confirmed chronic Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder will be eligible for the help. It should also be confirmed that the ADHD will limit their daily activities for at least 12 months. It is pretty common that the SSI receivers have the combination of ADHD and other condition.
Another requirement for the SSI program is the low income of the family. Only children coming from a very low-income family are eligible for the financial assistance from the SSI program. To see if you’re eligible for the program, you need to provide detailed information about the child, including the birth certificate, medical records, social security number, etc.
Financial Assistance for Education
Most people think that children with ADHD or other Learning Disabilities won’t be able to get into college education. However, this is a wrong assumption. Children with ADHD are eligible for various scholarship and grants, depending on the financial condition. The Federal Pell Grant is the most well-known grant program available for students coming from a low-income family. Note that some conditions may increase your chance of success in getting the grant, and having ADHD may be one of them.
The Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on the financial need; and it can be considered as the opening door for other financial assistance options available from the government or other grant providers such as associations, foundations or organizations.
We highly recommend parents to start planning for their ADHD children to college early during their high school. Contact the school’s Committee for Special Education and ask if they have a formulated plan for students with learning disabilities. This step will prepare them for college.
You can also search for colleges with special ADHD classes, which are pretty abundant in the United States. These colleges can help ADHD students to obtain a degree so that they can have a better life in the future. Typically financial assistance options are available for these schools. Don’t forget to seek for the programs that have been accredited by the US Department of Education.
Health is one of the biggest expenses you have to prepare. If you haven’t purchased a health insurance plan for your child, we recommend looking for the one that covers health and psychological assessment for ADHD. If your family can’t afford to insure your ADHD child, we recommend going to Insure Kids Now, a program that provides health insurance for children administered by the state government. You can also look for a medical flexible spending plan that will allow you to put some portion of your salary to cover medical and psychological services such as counseling.