Some people are born with disabilities, or suffer from disabilities beginning at a very early age. Sometimes, these disabilities can be diagnosed in children as young as infants, and it is possible for parents of those children to file for Social Security disability claims if the family meets specific requirements. Before the child is 18, he or she can be eligible for disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program. Additionally, if the family does not meet the income requirements, once the child has reached an adult age (over 18 years old), the child may qualify for Disabled Adult Child Benefits through the Social Security disability benefit program if their disability has continued.
Some disabilities that can begin to affect children when they are young which may carry through to adulthood include:
- Down’s Syndrome or other genetic disorders
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Blindness / Vision Impairment
- Deafness / Hearing Impairment
If your adult child is suffering from a permanently disabling condition which began before age 22, will continue to last or result in death, and prevents them from doing “substantial work” (according to the definition set forth by the Social Security Administration) then he or she may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Generally, age and work history play a factor in a person’s ability to qualify for disability benefits, but in the case of a disabled child who reaches adulthood, the rules are slightly altered. To best understand your rights and the process of filing for a disability claim, a disability attorney can be invaluable. Contact the Coye Law Firm for a free case evaluation. Whether you’ve applied and been denied or have yet to apply, our compassionate, aggressive disability attorneys may be able to help.