If you are a resident of Alabama who has a disabled child, you know how important it is to secure the proper financial benefits to help care for them. The types of assistance that may be available for your child can change once they turn 18 and are considered to be a legal adult. That, however, need not mean you are left without some viable options. One of these options may well be disability benefits based upon your own work record through the Social Security Administration.

Your child would need to meet three basic criteria to see if you could claim Social Security Disability benefits for them. For starters, your child must meet the SSA’s definition of being disabled just as would any person applying for SSD benefits. Second, your child’s disability must have been incurred or diagnosed prior to them turning 22 years old. Finally, your child should be unmarried although there may be some exceptions to this rule.

Your adult child would be allowed to work but there would be a cap on the amount of money they could earn and still receive SSD benefits. When evaluating Social Security Disability for your adult disabled child, it is important to also compare how much assistance you could receive through other forms of disability coverage or via Supplemental Security Income benefits.

If you would like to learn more about how you and your family may be able to receive the financial assistance you need to help provide care for an adult disabled child, please feel free to visit the disability benefits for adult children page of our Alabama Social Security Disability benefits website.