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Social Security Disability Income:

Children from birth up to age 18 may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. They must meet Social Security's definition of disability for children and the parents and child must have low income and few resources.

Children age 18 and over who have a disability that began before age 22 may qualify for Social Security disability benefits from a parent's record. They must meet Social Security's definition of disability for an adult and have a parent who is receiving benefits or is deceased and worked long enough to become insured.

Under both programs, the child must not be doing any substantial work. For information about these programs, see Benefits For Children With Disabilities.

Qualifications for SSI for Child:

*Must have seriously limiting
physical/mental conditions
*Conditions must have lasted  or
expect to at least 1 year

Apply for Social Security disability benefits

You can start your disability application immediately online. There is no need to wait for an appointment.

Follow these four easy steps to get started:

Step 1: Review the Adult Disability Checklist;

Step 2: Complete the online Disability Benefit Application;

Step 3: Complete the online Adult Disability Report or for children 18 or older Child Disability Report; and

Step 4:  Schedule an appointment to file for benefits by calling 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit your
           local Social Security office