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Working and Disability

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Is A Three Year Old With Disabilities Eligible For SSD Or Only SSI?

SSD, or Social Security disability, does not have a disability program for children. Most likely, this is due to the fact that Social Security disability benefits are reserved for individuals who have worked enough to gain insured status. Of course, there is no way for a three-year-old child to have insured status.

It does seem unfair because disabled children of individuals who are working often do not meet the requirements of the need-based Supplemental Security Income disability program, yet their medical needs often cause significant financial hardship.

Unfortunately, the only way a three-year-old child can receive any kind of Social Security benefit is through a parent who receives disability or retirement benefits. Social Security dependent child benefits are not considered disability benefits; entitlement depends upon the continued eligibility of the parent.

Currently, SSI disability benefits is the only disability program that provides disability benefits to children. Children, whose parents meet the income and resource limits of the need based program, are able to receive Medicaid along with a monthly disability benefit if they are found medically disabled.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Eligibility for Social Security Disability Children Benefits
How are children eligible to receive disability benefits?
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
If I get disability will my children receive benefits?
How do you apply for disability for your child or your children?
Why are Disability Cases Involving Children More Likely to be Denied?
Can you get disability if you are younger age?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria