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SSDI Benefits for Adults Disabled Since Childhood

The Social Security Disability Insurance is available for adults disabled since childhood. The SSDI program pays benefits to adults who have a disability that began before the age of 22. The SSDI benefit is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record and therefore is seen as a “child’s” benefit.

A disabled adult to become eligible for this child benefit must meet one of the following requirements:

One of his or her parents must be receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits.

One of his or her parents must have died and have worked long enough under Social Security.

The benefits are available to an adult who received dependents benefits on a parent’s Social Security earnings record prior to age 18 if he or she was disabled at age 18. The same disability rules apply as for adults in order to receive a disability decision.

A disabled adult is eligible for these benefits as long as the individual remains disabled. The individual does not need to have worked in order to qualify.

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