Most people who qualify for disability benefits are adults who have worked for years, paying taxes into the Social Security Administration (SSA). Those people receive benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI). However, it is possible for a child to receive disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program under some circumstances. Children from birth to age 18 who suffer from a disability, illness or condition may receive benefits if:
- The child’s disability is listed in the Blue Book, the SSA’s database of recognized conditions that qualify for benefits.
- The child’s parents have income and resources that meet the SSA’s limits
Some adult children may also qualify for disability benefits through SSDI even after they reach the age of 18. To receive benefits as an adult child:
- The person’s impairment or condition is listed in the SSA Blue Book.
- The person’s disability began before the age of 22.
- The person’s parent has worked long enough to be insured under Social Security and is receiving benefits either because of retirement or his or her own disability (or is deceased).
On Wednesday we will discuss qualifications for SSI in greater detail. If you have questions about your eligibility for disability benefits or how to apply, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney for more information. We offer free consultations, so there is no charge to discuss your situation. You may also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.