Can a child apply for and get Social Security disability benefits?
Yes. A child under the age of 18 can get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if: (1) she meets the SSA's definition of disabled; and (2) her parents have income and resources that are within "allowed limits" established by the SSA. A person who is 18 years or older can get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments if: (1) he meets the SSA's definition of disabled; and (2) his disability began before his 22nd birthday; and (3) his parent is deceased or is qualified for and receiving retirement or disability benefits. Good luck, and please tell your friends about The Forum.