In addition to adults, children are entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), children are considered to be less than 18 years old. Depending on the child’s disablement, they can potentially obtain compensation from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). There are also other programs that can assist children by providing benefits based on their disabling condition.
Supplemental Security Income provides monthly payments to people with low incomes and limited resources. People who qualify for this program are adults that are 65 years old or older and have a disablement or impairment. Children can also receive SSI if they have a low income, limited resources, and have a disablement that fits the Social Security Administration’s definition of their condition. The incomes and resources of family members will also be taken into consideration if the child lives at home. The SSA directly states that if the child or their family members have an income that surpasses the directed amount, the child’s application for disability benefits will be denied.
Social Security Disability Insurance is offered to people who have worked a specific amount of time and have paid Social Security. The SSA categorizes this program as a benefit program for children because the payment is based on a parent’s Social Security earning record. A disabled child that is older than 18 years old can potentially continue receiving benefits on their parent’s Social Security record if they have been recorded since they were a minor. To apply for this program, people are required to submit the Social Security number of the individual whose record will be used to determine benefits and the child’s Social Security number and birth certificate.