Financial aid and ssi disability?

<p>Would i be able to continue receiving disability while i go to college? i've been on disability for two years due to adhd and the medicine has helped me tremendously. I've been stable for a couple months and want to further my education. I want to become self sufficient and graduate college. Being on ssi has helped me out alot, but i don't want to be on it for the rest of my life. </p>

<p>any advice?</p>

<p>Forgot to add that i'm from New York</p>

<p>I'm not sure what SSI Disability is...thought there was SS Disability and SSI (in addition to disability for low income). Anyway, my step-D receives SS Disability while she's in college and it's never been a problem. You should probably check with your local SS office if you're receiving SSI.</p>

<p>Sorry</p>

<p>It's SSI</p>

<p>Just curious... how can you get SS disability for ADHD?</p>

<p>My husband just was approved for disability due to having Parkinson's disease for the past ten years, and the process to get approval is very difficult. Most people are rejected. You basically have to prove that you are unable to work and to do many different life functions such as taking care of yourself. </p>

<p>My understanding is that if there are medical therapies (as there are with ADHD) that alleviate your symptoms so that you can function, then you are not eligible for Social Security disability.</p>

<p>Hard to answer that since every situation is different. I wasn't able to work since i would panic easily under any kind of stress. I went to a couple doctors and that's what i was diagnosed with. It's a long and lengthy process, but the more worse the symptoms are, the easier and faster it is to be approved.</p>

<p>Megmno, hire a SS attorney and be persistent...it usually does take an appeal and an individual hearing to gain approval even in cases, like my step-D, where the disability is obvious and severe (although she can and does live independently with assistive devices). It's a racket designed by the federal gov't as those attorneys, while effective, take a bite out of the award! Good luck!</p>

<p>@sk8ter mom: Thanks, but he actually did just get approved. I absolutely agree about the attorney. We did hire one, and he was great, but I don't think it should be so difficult to get approval if you do it yourself. In our region, I think the rejection rate for the first application is over 75% without an attorney. Apparently it varies a lot by which region of the country you live in too.</p>

<p>@crissee - I re-read my first post, and I want to apologize for sounding a little snarky. I'm frustrated at the Social Security system. I'm sure if you got benefits from them you deserve them. SS can be very difficult to deal with -- you shouldn't have to justify yourself additionally to some stranger on the internet.</p>

<p>I wasn't able to work since i would panic easily under any kind of stress.</p>

<p>Since college can be as stressful as work, how can someone go to college, but not work?</p>

<p>M2, I think that's a matter for the OP and her doctors to decide...perhaps limiting the number of classes or whatever triggers her attacks will be something the college can help with too.</p>

<p>Criseee, your best bet really is to call or make an appointment with the SS office near you. I'm glad to hear that your condition has shown improvement and commend you for wanting to take steps to further your educational and, eventually, employment opportunities. Take everything one step at a time and enjoy the journey!</p>