We have spent a lot of time discussing the importance of Social Security Disability for those in the workforce and for those who are unable to work any longer. It is also important to keep all Oregonians and Americans in focus when we consider how a disability can affect one’s life. As kids grow up, they learn many things about the world and one of the ways that parents help their child grow is to teach them about working, but what if your child isn’t ever given that opportunity?
The kinds of disabilities that are approved by the Social Security Administration vary when it comes to children. Social Security benefits are available to an “adult child” if their disability predates their 22nd birthday; if their disabilities, blindness or otherwise, are listed within the disability qualifications of the agency and if their parent is deceased or has been receiving an income long enough for their own retirement or disability benefits.
However, for younger children the qualifications differ slightly. Through Supplemental Security Income a child could be eligible until they are 18 years old if their parents’ income is within the parameters of the Social Security agency. Similar to an adult child, the youth’s disability must be of the same qualifications from the agency. Such disability qualifications for either circumstance would be that the child receiving the benefits mustn’t be doing considerable work and must have such a disability that they will either have to live with it for several years or it must be life-threatening.
For an Oregon youth who is disabled but who wishes to lead the life of their choosing, getting a job might be the most exciting thing for them. Unfortunately, however, there are times when a steady job or one that provides a substantial income isn’t an option for someone who has a serious disability. In those cases, working with an attorney could help such a youth or a family with a disabled child to receive disability benefits in order to supplement their limited income.
Source: Newsok.com, “Can children get disability benefits?,” Dec. 16, 2012