Social Security Disability Benefits

Eligibility for SSDI is based on employment history and tax contributions.  For this reason, children under the age of 18 do not typically qualify on their onw record.  Ondtead, a child must qualify under an eligible parent’s record.  This type of benefit is referred to as auxiliary or dependent benefits.  Learn more about auxiliary benefits, here:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/dibplan/dfamily4.htm

Eligibility for SSI is based on strict financial limits.  Because a child does not earn or maintain responsibility for his or her own finances, the SSA will evaluate a portion of the income earned by the applicant’s parents.  The process that the SSA uses to allocate a parents income to a child’s record is referred to as deeming.  Learn more about SSI deeming, here:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/text-child-ussi.htm

After meeting the technical requirements for one-or both of the SSA’s benefit programs, your child will also have to meet certain disability-realted requirements.  These requirements can be found in the SSA’s Blue Book.  The Blue Book is an extensive list of disabling conditions and medical criteria that can potentially qualify a person for disability benefits.  To view the complete Blue Book listing, visit:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/ChildhoodListings.htm

For more information about Down syndrome and Social Security benefits, visit:

http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/disabling-conditions/down-syndrome-and-social-security-disability