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Benefits for Disabled Minor and Disabled Adult Children

Disabled children, among the most vulnerable Americans, may be eligible for a wide range of federal and state benefits, including some via the Social Security Administration. Special consideration is given to minor children who are disabled, but benefits can also extend to children whose disability started before age 22 and has continued into adulthood. One of the most prominent programs for disabled minor children is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) which is available to those with very low household income. Since SSI is a cooperative program between the federal and state governments, and since each state usually supplements the federal benefit, the assistance available varies by state. SSI benefits can also change when a disable minor child reaches adulthood and may become eligible for SS disability or survivor benefits based upon a parent’s record. The rules are quite complicated, but this article by Stephanie Thompson appearing at the Daily Investor Hub provides an excellent overview of benefits available to disabled children. Click here to read more.

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