Jaxson’s parents noticed problems with his vision when he was only 8 years of age. Although they took him to specialists, nothing could be done to restore his vision. By age 14, he was legally blind. He and his parents worried about his future. Would he be able to fully support himself as he reached adulthood? His job options were limited, but he might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) since SSDI does offer some benefits for children with disabilities.
Who usually receives SSDI?
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) are available for people who are no longer able to work because of a disabling condition. For example, a 45-year-old man with debilitating arthritis may be unable to continue working at his normal job. If Social Security decides he is disabled and has earned enough work credits to qualify, SSDI benefits typically will be awarded.
Spouses and children of a deceased SSDI beneficiary may qualify for survivor’s benefits.
Who does SSDI consider to be a child?
As noted above, the children of someone who receives SSDI benefits may qualify for survivor’s benefits. As for current benefits, it is more common for children to receive a different benefit – Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The term ‘child’ may include natural children, step-children, and adopted children.
However, when a ‘child’ age 18 or older has a disability, Social Security will assess them just as they would an adult. Their benefits may be based on a parent’s work credits, though.
How will the Social Security Administration assess children with disabilities?
Social Security maintains two Listing of Impairments. One is for adults who may be disabled and the other is for children. While reviewing an individual’s disability status, Social Security will use the listing of impairments to make its decision.
For example, Jaxson’s condition falls under Section 102. Special Senses and Speech – Childhood. Social Security will want to see medical evidence that Jaxson is blind. This might include doctor’s reports and standard eye examinations, but it depends on the condition that caused the vision trouble.
What kind of benefits are available?
In addition to monthly payments, Jaxson might qualify for work-training programs. Some programs also offer assistance with buying equipment or hiring personal assistants and health aides.
Children with Disabilities May Qualify for SSDI Benefits
Talk to an attorney about your eligibility for disability benefits if you are a self-employed worker. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ legal experience, much of it involving Social Security Disability Insurance claims. They can help you with your application and any appeals that might be needed.
Call us at 714-385-8100 for a free consultation. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.