Cerebral Palsy Treatment and Disability Benefits in Ohio

Cerebral palsy is a condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including lack of oxygen to the brain during childbirth. If you have a child with cerebral palsy, you may wonder how you can afford the level of care he or she needs to not only survive but also lead a happy and fulfilling life. Many Ohio families struggle with accessing therapies, mobility equipment, routine check-ups, and emergency medical care. We've compiled a selection of Ohio resources for families seeking cerebral palsy treatment information.

First, we will discuss cerebral palsy and its causes, complications, and treatments. Next, we will list the information of a few Ohio hospitals and treatment centers who can provide cerebral palsy care. Finally, we will discuss the financial assistance programs available to Ohio families seeking help paying for cerebral palsy treatments.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by injury to the brain that leads to mobility, motor skill, and muscle tone issues. The condition often develops during birth, in the womb, or during early childhood. Cerebral palsy is lifelong and has no cure. Lack of oxygen to the brain, untreated jaundice, and pregnancy infections can all lead to the development of cerebral palsy.

Symptoms for cerebral palsy range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Developmental delays
  • Movement issues
  • Seizures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Speech issues
  • Blindness
  • Hearing loss
  • Tight or loose muscle tone

Doctors prescribe treatment for cerebral palsy based on each person's individual symptoms. Cerebral palsy treatment is more about symptom management and relief, rather than correcting any damage. Depending on your situation, you may need to purchase mobility equipment, hire a live-in caregiver, administer medications, or pay for corrective surgeries for your child.

Where to Seek Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

People with cerebral palsy can receive treatment and therapy from several facilities across Ohio. Pediatric hospitals and specialty treatment centers alike provide care for cerebral palsy patients in the state.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
(614) 722-5136

This program provides comprehensive and inclusive treatment to children with cerebral palsy. Nationwide Children's Hospital aims to provide holistic care while engaging in research to improve cerebral palsy outcomes.

Cerebral Palsy Multidisciplinary Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 444-5437

Operated by the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, this program provides multidisciplinary and comprehensive care for children with cerebral palsy. The Cleveland Clinic operates multiple locations where children can receive physical therapy, medication, surgeries, dietary support, social support, and more.

Dayton Children's Hospital
One Children's Plaza
Dayton, OH 45404
(937) 641-4073

This hospital offers individualized treatment for cerebral palsy based on each child's complex needs. Dayton Children's offers physical and occupational therapy, equipment evaluations, spasticity management, social work services, and more.

Social Security Benefits for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy costs can be exceedingly high, especially when you calculate them over your child's lifespan. In fact, the Center for Disease Control estimates that cerebral palsy treatment can set families back $900,000 - a figure that increases based on each child's individual needs. If this amount seems impossible for your family, you are not alone. Social Security offers two options for financial assistance:

  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). This program is based on payroll taxes. If you or your child have a 10-year history of paying social security and have accumulated work credits, you are eligible for this program. Adult children who became disabled before their 22nd birthday can also receive these benefits.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): If you do not qualify for SSDI, SSI is the program for you. This program provides funding for families who are low-income and have children who meet Social Security's definition of disabled.

You could qualify for both SSDI and SSI. If those two payments are insufficient for your child's treatment costs, you could also receive supplemental funding from the state of Ohio. Both SSDI and SSI applications require the same medical evaluation. An attorney can help you determine what your options and eligibility are for these programs.

How to Apply for Social Security Benefits in Ohio

You can apply for social security disability benefits in one of three manners. You can file an application at your local Social Security office. You can request a copy of an application via mail by calling Social Security at (800) 772-1213. The easiest and fastest way to file an application is to submit one online via the Social Security website.

In addition to filing an application, you and your child will need to attend a disability assessment at Ohio's Disability Determination Services agency. This meeting will help Social Security determine if your child can and should receive benefits. You can find your local office here:

Disability Determination Services
400 E Campus View Blvd
Columbia, OH 43235
(800) 282-4536

If you need help seeking social security benefits for your child, it may benefit you to have the assistance of an attorney who specializes in navigating social security issues.