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Children's Listings & Sequential Evalutation

SSA will consider a claimant disabled if s/he meets all the criteria set forth in its listings of impairments. SSA’s listings for childhood claims are at Childhood Listings.

If a child does not meet a listed impairment, s/he may still be found disabled under SSA’s “sequential evaluation” for children.


Children's Disability Issues Featured in Clearinghouse Review
Several experienced disability advocates authored the article “Social Security Rulings - Guiding Hand in SSI Childhood Disability Evaluations,” that is featured in the July-August 2010 issue of the Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty law and Policy. Read More

Listing Level Diabetes Qualifies Child for SSI Benefits
In April 2008, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York remanded Rivera v. Astrue, a child’s SSI case that had been ongoing for three years, for calculation and payment of SSI benefits. Read More

ALJ Finds Lead Poisoning Meets Organic Listing
Advocates who represent children in SSI claims are all too familiar with arguing disability based on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and/or low IQ or learning disabilities. Read More

District Court Reverses Child's Claim
U.S. District Court Judge John Curtin recently agreed with Sarah Frederick of the Heritage Centers in Buffalo that her twelve-year-old client’s case should be reversed rather than remanded. Read More

Children's Listings & Sequential Evaluation: Articles


Disability Law News - July 2017
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we summarize a policy change by SSA that exempts tax refund collection for old debts. Several new regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions are also discussed. Read More

Disability Law News - March 2016
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. This issue will look at recent changes for handling Social Security cases implemented by the Federal Courts, review two new fraud SSR's and analyze several new court decisions, regulations and administrative decisions. Read More


Childhood Disability: The 2009 Childhood Social Security Rulings (SSRs)
This training provides a brief overview of the children’s SSI program, including concepts of medical and functional equivalence to the Listings. Then, the 2009 SSRs are analyzed in detail, along with their impact on each domain of functioning and advocacy tips for using the SSRs in proving disability in children’s SSI cases. Read More

Handling SSI Child Disability Cases
This training will cover the child's SSI regulations including the concept of functional equivalence, domains of functioning, using forms and more. Read More